# Problem: Calculate the mass defect for the formation of phosphorus-31. The mass of a phosphorus-31 nucleus is 30.973765 amu. The masses of a proton and a neutron are 1.00728 and 1.00866 amu, respectively. Enter your answer in amu's with five decimal places and no units.a. 0.27399b. 0.37834c. 0.10122d.0.12662e.0.19227

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We are asked to mass defect for 31P which has an atomic mass of 30.973765 amu

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 in kJ/mol ###### Problem Details

Calculate the mass defect for the formation of phosphorus-31. The mass of a phosphorus-31 nucleus is 30.973765 amu. The masses of a proton and a neutron are 1.00728 and 1.00866 amu, respectively. Enter your answer in amu's with five decimal places and no units.

a. 0.27399

b. 0.37834

c. 0.10122

d.0.12662

e.0.19227