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Addition of grav potentials / Orbital velocity

  1. Mar 14, 2012 #1
    3. The attempt at a solution

    I think I may of been too general with the volume in finding [tex]M_0[/tex]
    I'm assuming [tex]r_0 = r_M[/tex] although I'm not sure why different notation is used thougj


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  3. Mar 14, 2012 #2


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    Yup. You need to integrate to find the mass due to the dark matter since its density is not constant with r.
  4. Mar 15, 2012 #3
    I integrated betwee r0 and 0 and got.

    M(r) = 4∏ρ0r30

    v2 = GM/r
    Not sure where to go from here to get the second term.
  5. Mar 15, 2012 #4


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    That doesn't look quite right. What happened to the constant ro from the density function?
    You should have two mass terms to add together. The first one is the trivial M for the central stars, while the second is due to the mass of the dark matter.
  6. Mar 15, 2012 #5
    Ah cheers got it now, misread the question was thinking M was the total mass of sphere rather than just the stars contributions.. [tex]M(r)_{dm} = 4πρ_0r^2_0r[/tex]
    Last edited: Mar 15, 2012
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