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Calculate the binding energy per nucleus of this boron nucleus

The mass of the boron nucleus is 11.00657 u. The sum of the masses of the 5 protons and 6 neutrons in this nucleus is 11.08837 u. Calculate the binding energy per nucleus of this boron nucleus. (1 u = 931 MeV)

A) 0.0180 MeV
B) 76.16 MeV
C) 11.381 MeV
D) 7.616 MeV

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Notice that the sum of the masses of the protons and neutrons in the nucleus of the boron atom is 11.08837 u. (u. is atomic mass units). The mass of the nucleus of the atom, as a whole, is something different--11.00657 u.. This is always the case the sum of the masses of ...

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