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    The nucleus 6C12 consists of six protons and six neutrons held in close association by strong nuclear forces. The atomic rest masses are

    6C12: 12.000000u
    1H1: 1.007825u
    n: 1.008665u

    in terms of the atomic mass unit u = 1.66 x 10^-27 kg. How much energy would be required to separate a 6C12 nucleus into its constituent protons and neutrons?

    This problem has me totally confused. Am I using the formula for Relativistic kinetic energy:

    K = (mc2/√1 - v2/c2) - mc2

    or for rest energy:

    E0 = mc2

    or neither? How do I do this problem?

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    The nucleus 6C12 consists of six protons and six neutrons held in close association by strong nuclear forces. The atomic rest masses are

    6C12: 12.000000u
    1H1: ...

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    The solution explains how to calculate the energy required to separate the nucleus that is held together by strong nuclear forces.

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