# Nuclear reactions and energy conservation

How are nuclear fission and fusion compatible with the law of conservation of energy? During fission $He$ splits into 2 hydrogen atoms along with enormous amount of heat energy and hydrogen also combine to form helium with enormous amount of heat energy. But in my opinion to follow the law of conservation of energy one of the reactions must be endothermic. Please clear this vagueness.

The Law of Conservation of Energy, and its companion the Law of Conservation of Mass, are only approximations of the Law of Conservation of Mass/Energy. The approximations work because of the huge conversion factor, $c^2$, to go from mass to energy.
Look at any specific nuclear reaction (fission fusion, decay, etc) and measure the masses and kinetic energies of all the reagents and all the products. Convert the energies into masses using $c^2$, and the total mass/energy will be conserved!