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    Estimating energy release from nuclear reaction using E=mc^2

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    Two identical hypothetical nuclei, each with mass ( 3 - .0041) amu, fuse to form a nucleus with mass ( 5 - .00399) amu and a neutron, whose mass is about 1.000867 amu. How much energy would be given off if .58 kg of these nuclei fused?

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    I estimate the energy release to be around 29 TJ.

    First we need to find in absolute terms the mass in kg equivalent to 1 amu

    We can find ...

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    The energy release when 0.58kg of nuclear material where 2 hypothetical nuclei of mass 3.0041amu fuse to produce a nuclei of mass 5.00399amuus deduced using E = mc^2