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3 What is the mass defect? How does it relate to fission and fusion?
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The mass defect is the difference between the calculated sum of the nucleons in the nucleus and the actual measured mass of the nucleus.

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Nuclear binding energy is used to determine whether fission or fusion will be a favorable process.  The mass defect of a nucleus represents the mass of the energy binding the nucleus, and is th...

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