## Calculating luminosity given accretion power

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

I have a question regarding calculating luminosity given accretion power. I have accretion power given to me as Δm/Δt= 1.5 solar masses/yr, in order to solve for luminosity are we supposed to convert the accretion power into solar masses/seconds or is it just some kind of variable where it doesn't matter. [I have to find the luminosity in Joules/sec]

2. Relevant equations

Luminosity= η x (Δm/Δt) x c^2

3. The attempt at a solution

My answer would be that I do have to convert because one joule= kg x m^2/ s^2 and if I have to find the Joules/sec I cannot leave the years unconverted.

(sorry if it was a dumb question, I think I answered it myself just working through explaining it to you guys)
 PhysOrg.com science news on PhysOrg.com >> City-life changes blackbird personalities, study shows>> Origins of 'The Hoff' crab revealed (w/ Video)>> Older males make better fathers: Mature male beetles work harder, care less about female infidelity
 Yes, to get an answer in SI units you have to convert the accretion rate into kg/s through the conversions between solar masses to kilograms, and years to seconds. Then, you can use c in m/s and the efficiency will be a dimensionless number, so you can just multiply through and your answer will be in J/s, as you observed.

 Similar discussions for: Calculating luminosity given accretion power Thread Forum Replies Electrical Engineering 7 General Physics 3 Introductory Physics Homework 1 Astrophysics 1 General Astronomy 6