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RE: First Law of Thermodynamics, Nuclear
- Subject: RE: First Law of Thermodynamics, Nuclear
- From: John Bernardo <email@example.com>
- Date: Fri, 12 Jan 2001 10:49:04 -0700
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A point of clarification: the m in E=mc^2 refers to the mass deficit of the
nucleus, not just mass in general.
John A. Bernardo
Resource Conservation Manager
Environmental Affairs Department, # 74100
Albertsons, Inc. General Offices
250 ParkCenter Blvd., P.O. Box 20
Boise, ID 83726
(208) 395-4990 V
(208) 395-6773 F
From: Butner, Robert S [mailto:butner@BATTELLE.ORG]
Sent: Friday, January 12, 2001 12:44 AM
To: 'Daniel N. Webster '; 'email@example.com'
Subject: RE: First Law of Thermodynamics, Nuclear
As I recall my sophmore thermo, there is no "but..." in the first law; the
effect of the general theory of relativity is to link the conservation of
energy and of mass via Einstein's famous E=mc^2; hence energy and matter are
conserved even in nuclear reactions, where a small amount of mass is indeed
converted to energy ("lost" in the pre-relativistic sense).
Because of the large value of c^2, the amount of mass lost in producing
energy is extremely small but nonetheless finite. For example, conversion
of 1 gram of matter to energy releases the equivalent of nearly 10^14
Joules, or approx 27.8 million kwHr.
Scott Butner (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Pacific NW National Laboratory
Richland, WA 99352
From: Daniel N. Webster
Sent: 1/12/01 1:59 AM
Subject: First Law of Thermodynamics, Nuclear
Does anyone know this Law in detail as it related to Nuclear Power.
It stated something about conservation of energy and matter except in a
Or energy and matter can not be destroyed except in a nuclear reaction.
Thanks in advance
Former United States Nuclear Machinist Mate
Current Student at Colorado School of Mines
Currently Working at Walsh Environmental