Binding energy

  • in physics, binding energy (also called separation energy) is the minimum energy required to disassemble a system of particles into separate parts. this energy is equal to the mass defect minus the amount of energy, or mass, that is released when a bound system (which typically has a lower potential energy than the sum of its constituent parts) is created, and is what keeps the system together.

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In physics, binding energy (also called separation energy) is the minimum energy required to disassemble a system of particles into separate parts. This energy is equal to the mass defect minus the amount of energy, or mass, that is released when a bound system (which typically has a lower potential energy than the sum of its constituent parts) is created, and is what keeps the system together.