Nuclear Fission and Conservation of Mass and Energy
Most recent answer: 01/12/2017
- David Benson (age 50)
Virginia Beach, VA, USA
The usual reaction of nuclear fission is neutron + U235 --> other nuclei plus more neutrons plus some kinetic energy as depicted in the following Wikipedia diagram.
If you put the original U235 nucleus and the added neutron on a sensitive scale and weigh the combination, then put all the resultant nuclei and neutrons on the scale and weigh them, you will find that there is some mass lost. That mass loss times c2 will equal the kinetic energy of the final state particles.
The total number of neutrons plus protons as well as the total charge is unchanged.
(published on 01/12/2017)