Nuclear models can be complicated and far from first principles. Inspired by Mills' Grand Unified Theory of Classical Physics, we will present a model of the interior of nucleons that predicts their masses well considering its simplicity. Then we will apply Mills' nucleon model to the problem of computing nuclear binding energies. Because the theory is constrained to agree with classical physics including Maxwell's Equations and Newton's Laws, for instance lacking special forces that only operate in the nucleus, the possible compatible nuclear theories are strictly limited which should make finding them easier.
R. Mills, The Grand Unified Theory of Classical Physics, Cranbury, NJ: Brilliant Light Power, 2020, ch. 1.
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