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Nuclear energy arises from the rearrangement of nucleons. This rearrangement brings about a 'decrease in mass'and according to E=mc2 the loss in mass results in the formation/release of energy. Burning is a rearrangement of electrons and should bring about a 'decrease in mass' just like the nuclear reaction. I know that the normal explanation is that the rearrangement of electrons lowers the potential energy of the electrons/ atoms and this lowering results in the release of this energy in a new form such as heat. Can the explanation be taken to a deeper level as I am proposing or am I way off base? Is the change in potential energy really a change in mass?
Re: Does energy from burning fuel arise due to mass/energy conversion?
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