If binding energy is responsible for holding nucleons together than what is meaning of strong force?


Whenever there is a force, of any kind, there can be energy associated with what the force does. For example, if the force is attractive then it can hold two things together. In this case to pull the things apart you would have to apply a counter-force, and as the things moved apart, pulled by such a counter-force, energy is being supplied. The total amount of energy that would be required is given by multiplying the force at each stage by the next small amount of distance moved by the body the force is acting on, and then adding up all these contributions. The total is called binding energy.

In the case of nucleons the force is the one called "strong nuclear force" and the energy required to pull the nucleons apart is called their binding energy. These are two aspects of the same physical effect.

There are examples in other areas. For example, molecules are held together by electromagnetic forces, and the energy required to separate them is again called binding energy.

  • $\begingroup$ Is binding energy required for solar system for plantes to be bounded together??? $\endgroup$ – Mehul Dangar May 19 '19 at 13:48
  • $\begingroup$ And why binding energy released when neucleas or bond is formed??? $\endgroup$ – Mehul Dangar May 19 '19 at 13:51
  • $\begingroup$ I'm surprised you're not taking into account the Coulombic repulsion, as it decreases the binding energy a bit. $\endgroup$ – Gert May 19 '19 at 14:02
  • $\begingroup$ @MehulDangar: re. planets are bound to their star into stable orbits by gravitational attraction. Binding energy is released in the formation of a nucleus due to the nuclear force acting on the nucleons. Look up work-energy theorem. $\endgroup$ – Gert May 19 '19 at 14:04

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