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Calculating velocity dispersion of hydrogen atoms in solar photosphere

  1. Oct 12, 2009 #1
    1. Calculate the velocity dispersion for hydrogen atoms in the solar photosphere, which has a temperature of 5800 K.


    2. I know no equations to solve the problem.



    3. I have no idea any method of going about solving for velocity dispersion. I would appreciate any guidance. Thanks
     
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  3. Oct 14, 2009 #2

    gabbagabbahey

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    Hi neslorelyks, welcome to PF!:smile:

    What course is this problem for? Statistical mechanics perhaps? Introductory astrophysics?
     
  4. Oct 14, 2009 #3
    I am taking an astrophysics course. Thanks for the reply. I need some guidance about how to go about solving any velocity dispersion problem. Any help would be appreciated.
     
  5. Oct 14, 2009 #4

    gabbagabbahey

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    I'm not sure how well it applies to a gas as hot as the Hydrogen in the solar photosphere, but you might want to look up the "Maxwell distribution" in your textbook for starters:wink:
     
  6. Oct 14, 2009 #5
    Thank you
     
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