What quantities are conserved when balancing a nuclear reaction?

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Feb 3, 2017

Answer:

When balancing a nuclear reaction:
(1) Mass is conserved
(2) Charge is conserved

Explanation:

Consider the following example of nuclear fusion:
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In the above example:
(1) Mass is conserved, as 2 + 3 = 5 and 4 + 1 = 5
(2) Charge is conserved, as 1 + 1 = 2 and 2 + 0 = 2