Problem: Fill in the blanks to correctly compare nuclear and chemical reactions. Energy changes are much larger in ________________Mass changes cannot can be detected in ____________________A. nuclear reactions; both types of reactions.B. chemical reactions; both types of reactions.C. chemical reactions; chemical reactions but not in nuclear reactions.D. nuclear reactions; chemical reactions but not in nuclear reactions.E. chemical reactions; nuclear reactions but not in chemical reactions.F. nuclear reactions; nuclear reactions but not in chemical reactions.

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We are asked to fill in the blanks to correctly compare nuclear and chemical reactions.


Chemical reactions involve only a rearrangement of electrons and do not involve changes in the nuclei.

  • The nuclei contain the most significant fraction of mass in an element due to protons and neutrons.
  • This means that since the nuclei are not affected, we can easily track the mass.  
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Fill in the blanks to correctly compare nuclear and chemical reactions. Energy changes are much larger in ________________

Mass changes cannot can be detected in ____________________

A. nuclear reactions; both types of reactions.

B. chemical reactions; both types of reactions.

C. chemical reactions; chemical reactions but not in nuclear reactions.

D. nuclear reactions; chemical reactions but not in nuclear reactions.

E. chemical reactions; nuclear reactions but not in chemical reactions.

F. nuclear reactions; nuclear reactions but not in chemical reactions.

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