Certain neutron stars (extremely dense stars) are believed to be rotating at about 100 rev/s. If such a star has a radius of 10 km, what must be its minimum mass so that material on its surface remains in place during the rapid rotation?
physics - bobpursley, Thursday, February 4, 2010 at 12:13am
Assuming gravity is the force holding it together,
F=GMassStar*mass2/radius^2 where mass2 is the chunk wanting to fall off.
F= mass2 v^2/r
set them equal, find massStar.