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The mass of an atom is different than the combined mass of its subatomic particles. The same is true about a molecules mass and its seperate atoms combined mass(very small though). I'm assuming this is an energy<-->mass conversion. The part I don't understand is if Carbon twelve has the exact same subatomic particles(i.e. hadrons, mesons, etc.) as do the individual subatomic particles themselves then what matter is lost in the transition to energy during the formation of an atom from subatomic particles? I can understand a single particle converting to energy but not half of one? Can the subatomic particles shrink? Is the gained/lost energy in the form of vibrations(heat)? Are photons the matter that is being gained/lost? Example: Carbon twelve = 12 amu electron 0.000548579903amu x 6 proton 1.00727647amu x 6 neutron 1.008664904amu x 6 The sum of its subatomic particles however equal = 12.09893972amu
Re: Where does the matter go in 'Mass Defect'?
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