Problem: The atomic masses of hydrogen-2 (deuterium), helium-4, and lithium-6 are 2.014102 amu, 4.002602 amu, and 6.0151228 amu, respectively. For 4He, calculate the nuclear binding energy.

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We are asked to calculate the nuclear binding energy for 4He.

To calculate for the nuclear binding energy:

Step 1: Determine the number of protons and neutrons

Step 2: Determine the total mass of protons and neutrons

Step 3: Calculate the mass defect (∆m)

Step 4: Determine nuclear binding energy per nucleon


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The atomic masses of hydrogen-2 (deuterium), helium-4, and lithium-6 are 2.014102 amu, 4.002602 amu, and 6.0151228 amu, respectively. A graph shows that binding energy increases rapidly, levels off, and then declines slowly.

For 4He, calculate the nuclear binding energy.