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Why does the binding energy curve of Fig rise so fast for the light nuclei but fall off so slowly for the heavy nuclei?

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B (MeV) A 56Fe 4"Ca 160 12C. 197 Au 20sPb Ne He 14N SHe 2 A 200 80 120 160 40 Mass number Binding energy per nucleon