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In a certain exothermic nuclear reaction, the reactants have a total mass of ${ m }_{ r }$, and the products have a total mass of ${ m }_{ p }$.

Which one of the following is a correct expression for the energy released during this reaction?

A

$({ m }_{ r }-{ m }_{ p })({ c }^{ 2 })$

B

$ ({ m }_{ r }-{ m }_{ p }) / { c }^{ 2 }$

C

$ ({ m }_{ r }+{ m }_{ p })({ c }^{ 2 })$

D

$({ m }_{ r }+{ m }_{ p })/ { c }^{ 2 }$

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