Q value of a reaction

Discussion in 'Physics' started by circuit2000, May 27, 2007.

  1. circuit2000

    Thread Starter Active Member

    Jul 6, 2006
    Do we have to use atomic rest masses or nuclear rest masses to find Q-value of a reaction? Also, Clark's table gives the atomic rest masses, isn't it?
  2. recca02

    Senior Member

    Apr 2, 2007
    we take mass of alpha as helium mass,
    mass of neutron as 1.00877 something in amu of course,
    mass of proton as mass of hydrogen mass,
    mass of atoms as the one given in periodic tables that wud be atomic.
    thus masses of electrons cancel out( since hydrogen is taken instead of proton mass) and also other small errors due to electron binding energy ~ 13.6ev are negligible compared to Mevs.