Calculate the minimum mass of an X-ray binary

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Homework Statement


(3) X-ray binary.png


Homework Equations


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I don't know how to start part A and part B depends on part A. How does one calculate a lower mass limit? Is it the lower limit of an integral? I also don't understand how there can be two periods (one at 0.714 seconds and the other at 3.89 days). Do I use simple harmonic motion? My teacher never covered anything this complicated before. Thank you for your time.
 

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How is this advanced? This is my introductory astronomy class, and it's very frustrating.
 
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Thanks everyone!
 
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Why are there no responses?
 
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How is this advanced? This is my introductory astronomy class, and it's very frustrating.
Not everybody on this site is a budding astronomer. :cry:

Your OP doesn't indicate any relevant equations. Are you sure that's the case with this problem?
 

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