# Problem: The most stable nucleus in terms of binding energy per nucleon is  56Fe. If the atomic mass of 56Fe is 55.9349 u, calculate the binding energy per nucleon for  56Fe.

###### FREE Expert Solution

Step 1: Calculate the mass defect (Δm).

Given:

mass 56Fe = 55.9349 u

atomic # Ti = # of protons = 26

mass # = 56

# of neutrons = 56 - 26 = 30

mass of proton = 1.007276 amu
mass neutron = 1.008665 amu

$\mathbf{∆}\mathbf{m}\mathbf{=}\mathbf{\left(}\mathbf{neutrons}\mathbf{+}\mathbf{protons}\mathbf{\right)}\mathbf{-}\mathbf{Fe}$

Δm = 0.514226 amu

Step 2: Calculate the mass defect (Δm) in kg.

1 amu = 1.6606x10-27 kg

Δm = 8.5392x10-28 kg

Step 3: Calculate the energy released (E).

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The most stable nucleus in terms of binding energy per nucleon is  56Fe. If the atomic mass of 56Fe is 55.9349 u, calculate the binding energy per nucleon for  56Fe.

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