Nuclear fission is used today around the world to generate electricity in nuclear power stations. The binding energy curve explains why the process releases energy.
If a massive nucleus splits into two, there is an increase in binding energy.
The difference in mass between the original nucleus and the combination of daughter nuclei can be used to find the energy released.
NB: 1 u = 931.5 MeV
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