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Homework Help: Computing average rate of mass loss from sun

  1. Sep 28, 2007 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    Using the data on the solar wind given in this chapter, compute the averagerate of mass loss of our Sun(M(sun)/year) from:

    a)the solar wind
    b)energy generation

    2. Relevant equations

    possible equations: Energy density =(#density)*(energy per particle)= n*(3kT/2)
    M(sun)=2*10^30 kg ; T(sun)= 5770 K ;
    3. The attempt at a solution

    to calculate average rate of mass loss in our sun, (M(sun)/year)*energy density of the sun perhap?
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  3. Sep 28, 2007 #2


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    I presume the chapter gives you some value for the mass lost through solar wind? I also assume that it will say something about the rate of mass lost from fusion (energy generation)?
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