Binding energy:

$\overline{){\mathbf{B}}{\mathbf{E}}{\mathbf{=}}{\mathbf{\u2206}}{\mathbf{m}}{\mathbf{\xb7}}{{\mathbf{c}}}^{{\mathbf{2}}}}$

c is the speed of light.

$\overline{){\mathbf{\u2206}}{\mathbf{m}}{\mathbf{=}}{\mathit{Z}}{\mathbf{\xb7}}{{\mathbf{m}}}_{{\mathbf{p}}}{\mathbf{+}}{\mathit{N}}{\mathbf{\xb7}}{{\mathbf{m}}}_{{\mathbf{n}}}{\mathbf{-}}{{\mathbf{m}}}_{\mathbf{a}\mathbf{t}\mathbf{o}\mathbf{m}}}$

Δm is the mass defect.

Mass of proton, m_{p} = 1.007825 amu

Mass of neutron, m_{n} = 1.008665 amu

Z = 27

N = (59 - 27) = 32

Calculate the binding energy per nucleon for ^{59}Co

__________ MeV/nucleon

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