Why is there so much energy released from a nuclear explosion?

Y u explode so big?

Why is there so much energy released from a nuclear explosion?


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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.

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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.

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What Guys Said 5

  • It is not really an explosion. it is screwing with God at a melcular level of splitting a heavy element and at the speed of light it puts it's self back together. So if set off at 50,000 feet by the time it would take to hit the ground, it would have stollen enough atoms from weaker elements to make it's self whole. The more of the pure element and the harder the detinator is to split the atom the more of a reaction is created.

    So in effect it is taking something which God has made perfect and man has purified to high degree of purity and then man splits it and God puts it back together and the damage is that the actions is slowed by the athmosphere.

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  • The bonds holding together the nuclear particles are extremely strong. Breaking those particles apart releases all that energy.

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  • Let me google that for you...

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  • This is totally not what I was expecting! LOL

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