Problem: Which statement illustrates the difference between a chemical reaction and a nuclear reaction? A. a nuclear reaction releases more energy per gram and appears to violate the law of conservation of mass. B. a nuclear reaction releases less energy per gram and appears to violate the law of conservation of mass. C. a nuclear reaction releases more energy per gram but does not appear to violate the law of conservation of mass. D. a nuclear reaction releases less energy per gram but does not appear to violate the law of conservation of mass.

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We're being asked to identify the statement that illustrates the difference between a chemical reaction and a nuclear reaction.

In a chemical reaction:

• the reaction is balanced

• the atoms of the reactant must be equal to the atoms of the product

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Which statement illustrates the difference between a chemical reaction and a nuclear reaction? 

A. a nuclear reaction releases more energy per gram and appears to violate the law of conservation of mass. 

B. a nuclear reaction releases less energy per gram and appears to violate the law of conservation of mass. 

C. a nuclear reaction releases more energy per gram but does not appear to violate the law of conservation of mass. 

D. a nuclear reaction releases less energy per gram but does not appear to violate the law of conservation of mass.

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