Y u explode so big?
Most Helpful Girl
Love science questions which pull the nerds out of the woodwork. Umm there's fusiona and fission, fission produces more energy... So fission in it's simplicity there is a difference in mass between 'products' and 'reactants'. Due to E=mc^2 you know E is directly proportional to mass, so energy/mass must be conserved. Hence as you decrease the mass you release huge amounts of energy to counteract this change. A change of 1.66x10^-27 releases 931MeV.
Basically you smash stuff up/ or join it and the difference produces energy, this happens a lot so you get lots of energy.1
Most Helpful Guy
Smashing atoms together or ripping them apart. Usually in the form of isotopes, more unstable variants of the element, either adding neutrons or taking them away, releases a lot of energy. Protons and Neutrons are bound by the nuclear force. Neutrons are required for the stability of nuclei. The subatomic particles can absorb into already unstable isotopes and create a nuclear fusion event or the total binding energy of two elements split from a starting element are greater than the starter element.
It's basically us messing with the Nuclear Force that holds atoms together.1