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At the distance of the earth from the sun the pressure exerted by sunlight is avout 10^-5 Pa How much force does this pressure exerted on 10m^2 array of solar cells on a satellite when the array is perpendicular to the direction of the sunlight? If the satellite has a mass of 200kg, what acceleration does this force give?

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    The force F = (radiation pressure)x(area)

    a = F/m

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    can you help any further i really don't understand..

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    Do you understand thet Force equals pressure times area?

    Have you heard of Newton's second law?
    Force = (mass) x (acceleration)

    That is as well as I can explain it.

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