Matter & Interactions 2nd ed. Practice Problems
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1550001     Change in rest energy resulting from the fusion of hydrogen into helium.     1550001
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In one type of fusion reaction, 6 hydrogen nuclei (each nuclei is one proton) eventually, after many steps, form 1 atom of helium (2 neutrons and 2 protons) and two atoms of hydrogen. (Read more about the proton-proton cycle to learn about the process.) The mass of hydrogen is . The mass of helium is . What is the change in the rest energy of the system during this reaction?