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Feb 12, 2017

E is rest energy, m is the mass, and c is the speed of light.

For example, a proton contains three quarks: two up quarks and one down quark. Up quarks weigh 2MeV and down quarks weigh 4.8MeV. So added together, a proton should weigh 8.8MeV.

But life isn't that easy, because in reality, a proton weighs 938MeV. Which basically means that the quarks energy is being converted to mass (in a sense) by the equation #E=mc^2#.

This is a great website that shows how the equation is derived (both calculus based and non-calculus based).