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Homework Help: Luminosity of Polaris

  1. Mar 30, 2005 #1
    Hey.. need some help in solving this problem:

    Q) The luminosity of Polaris is 10,000 times the luminosity of the sun. The surface temperature of Polaris is about 5800 kelvins. Using k=33,640,000 find how the diameter of polaris compares with the diameter of the sun. ( Equation: D= (K)(sqrt of L ) / (T)^2

    Dp/Ds = ( k(sqrt of Lp ) / (Tp)^2 ) / ( k(sqrt of Ls) / (Ts)^2 )
    = ( sqrt of 10,000Ls ) / (5800)^2 / ( sqrt of Ls ) / (Ts)^2)

    Now i'm stuck.. Not sure what this problem is leading to.. i dont know the value of Ts and hence am not gonna get an answer.. Any help is much appreciated..
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  3. Mar 30, 2005 #2
  4. Mar 30, 2005 #3
    [tex]d_{polaris}=\frac{k\sqrt{L}}{T^2}=\frac{33,640,000 \sqrt{10,000}}{5800 ^2}[/tex]
    [tex]d_{sun}=\frac{k\sqrt{L}}{T^2}=\frac{33,640,000 \sqrt{1}}{T^2}[/tex]

  5. Mar 31, 2005 #4
    The answer i'm getting is 100 ( i.e. the diameter of POlaris is 100 times that of the sun ) . Is that the correct answer?

    Last edited: Mar 31, 2005
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