IS textbook question
IS textbook said
'...energy cannot be destroyed nor made...'
so wt's the Sun doin with the (核X變 dunno how to type sor)
energy is created so
is my text book wrong?
- 天同Lv 71 十年前最愛解答
In calssical physics, energy and matter are two distinct entities. Hence we have separately the Law of Conservation of Energy and the Law of Conservation of Matter.
Since the formulation of the Special Relativity by Eienstein in 1905 and his famous matter energy equivalence equation E=mc^2, energy can be produced, in theory, by conversion of mass.
What is going on in the sun is a nuclear fusion process in which lighter atoms are fused together to form heavier atoms, e.g. from hydrogen to helium. Since the final helium fusion product is of less mass than the original hydrogen atoms, energy is produced because there is a loss of mass.