# When used as an energy source, is uranium burned in a similar way as one would burn wood or coal for energy?

Apr 17, 2017

Nope...............

#### Explanation:

The burning of wood or coal relies on the release of chemical energy:

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

I am no nuclear chemist, but when ""^235U undergoes fission it undergoes a certain mass loss, whereas in every chemical reaction ever performed, MASS is conserved.

So where does the mass go? It is converted to energy; you have no doubt come across the equation, $E = m {c}^{2}$. What are the individual terms in this equation?