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The overall hydrogen burning reaction in stars can be represented as the conversion of four protons to one alpha particle. Use the data for the mass of H-1 and He-4 to calculate the energy released by this process.

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  1. mass deficit= 1*MHe4 - 4*Mh1
    for the mass of these isotopes, use a mass isotope chart. http://www.chem.ualberta.ca/~massspec/atomic_mass_abund.pdf

    then, energy= massdeficit*c^2

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  2. remember that each atomic mass unit u is equivalent to 1.660538921×10−27 kg

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