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Homework Help: Stellar Radius & Effective Temperature

  1. Feb 20, 2017 #1

    Physics Dad

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    I have a question for my Astro homework and I am a little unsure as to whether I am going in the right direction

    Question
    Using an expression that relates luminosity, size and temperature of a star, and assuming all Main Sequence stars have the same mean density, determine the relationship between stellar radius and effective temperature.

    Relevant equations
    L=4πR2σT4
    L∝M3.5

    Attempt at a solution
    My thinking is to use the solar version of the above equation and this one, dividing one by the other to get rid of the 4π and σ and making...

    R=RΘ(√(L/LΘ))(TeffΘ/Teff)2

    However I don't know if I am supposed to just have R and T with no other variable.

    Any guidance would be appreciated.
     
    Last edited: Feb 20, 2017
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  3. Feb 20, 2017 #2

    haruspex

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    I don't think that is the right line. The information regarding density implies you are supposed to use some fact concerning mass to eliminate luminosity. Your second Relevant Equation looks useful in that regard.
     
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