# Are nuclear fuels made up of carbon and hydrogen atoms?

##### 1 Answer
Mar 4, 2017

Absolutely not..............

#### Explanation:

Nuclear fuels consist of radioactive nuclides.....Molecules that contain carbon and hydrogen atoms are chemical fuels, that we can combust to provide usable energy:

$C {H}_{4} \left(g\right) + 2 {O}_{2} \left(g\right) \rightarrow C {O}_{2} \left(g\right) + 2 {H}_{2} O \left(l\right) + \Delta$

The energy output from mass conversion in a nuclear reaction is orders of magnitude larger. For a better answer, search the Physics forum.