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Question
Suppose two deuterium nuclei are fused to produce helium.
1. Write the equation for the fusion reaction.
2. Calculate the difference between the masses of reactants and products.
3. Using the result calculated in (b), find the energy produced in the fusion reaction.
Assume that the mass of deuterium is 2.014102 u, the mass of helium is 4.002603 u and 1 u = 1.66 × 10-27 kg.
1. Please see the solution video
2. $4.25\times 10^{-29}\textrm{ kg}$
3. $3.82\times 10^{-12}\textrm{ J}$
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