Conceptual Physics (12th Edition)

Published by Addison-Wesley
ISBN 10: 0321909100
ISBN 13: 978-0-32190-910-7

Chapter 34 - Think and Discuss - Page 655: 71


Fission. Fusion. Not possible.

Work Step by Step

Fusing nuclei heavier than iron costs energy, so gold must be fissioned. Splitting nuclei lighter than iron costs energy, so carbon must be fused. For iron, neither a fission nor a fusion process releases energy. This is stated on page 652, Check Point 2.
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