In nuclear fusion, light nuclei are forced together and yield energy since the mass of the combination is less than the sum of the masses of the individual nuclei.
Which of the following statements are true concerning nuclear fusion reactions?
a. Nuclear fusion is the process during which a heavy nucleus splits into two intermediate-sized nuclei after being struck by a neutron.
b. A fusion reaction proceeds because the binding energy of the resulting nucleus is less than the binding energy of the original nuclei.
c. The mass of the products of a nuclear fusion reaction is greater than the mass of the original elements.
d. Nuclear fusion is the process during which small nuclei combine to form a larger one.
e. The mass of the products of a nuclear fusion reaction is less than the mass of the original elements.
f. A fusion reaction proceeds because the binding energy of the resulting nucleus is greater than the binding energy of the original nuclei.
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