Given that the mass of 1 H is 1.00794 amu, the mass of a neutron is 1.00865 amu and
that the energy equivalent of 1 atomic mass unit (AMU) is 931.5 MeV, what is the
binding energy of 12C (atomic mass = 12.00000 amu)?
2. Relevant equations
(σ) mass decrement=(W) mass of constituent particles (aka for helium 4 its 4p+4n+4e) – (M) actual mass of atom
3. The attempt at a solution
I want to find the binding energy of carbon 12. So it’s σ=W-12. W is 6p+6n+6e. I know the mass of n. But I do not know the mass of p and e.
I am told that 1H=1.00794 amu. So 1.00794=1p+1e-σ. I don’t see how this helps me get values for p and e. Help?