# How would you estimate the difference in energy produced when we burn 1kg of carbon vs producing nuclear energy from 1kg of U-235.?

Jan 4, 2018

Well, you got a chemical process versus a nuclear process....

#### Explanation:

You got combustion of carbon....

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

Versus a nuclear process...

${\text{^235U+n rarr ""^141Ba+}}^{92} K r + 3 n + \Delta$

The energy output can be measured in both reactions....however, the energies involved in nuclear reactions dwarf those involved in a chemical reaction....you remember $e = m {c}^{2}$ and all that stuff $e = \text{energy}$, $m = \text{mass}$, and $c = \text{speed of light}$.

You might get a better answer in the fysics section....we ignorant chemists don't go much in for nuclei.....