(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); 1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

Helium is burnt via the triple alpha reaction: 3He^{4}-> C^{12}at a rate of [tex]\lambda[/tex]_{3α}(He^{4})^{3}, where He^{4}denotes the number abundance of He^{4}.

Write the differential equation for He^{4}as a function of time.

3. The attempt at a solution

d(He^{4})/dt = production - destruction.

I'm unfamiliar with how to find production and destruction rates...

Any help appreciated

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# Homework Help: Astrophysics - triple alpha reaction

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