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Posted by on Friday, July 16, 2010 at 7:26pm.

A star of mass 2.0 1031 kg that is 4.8 1020 m from the center of a galaxy revolves around that center once every 4.2 108 years. Assuming that this star is essentially at the edge of the galaxy, each of the stars in the galaxy has a mass equal to that of this star, and the stars are distributed uniformly in a sphere about the galactic center, estimate the number of stars in the galaxy. (Do not round your answer to an order of magnitude.)
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  • physics - , Saturday, July 17, 2010 at 5:30am

    Use ^ in front of exponents please.

    Express the galactic mass in terms of the number of equal-size stars, N.

    Set the centripetal force equal to the gravitational frce on the edge star, and sziolve for N.

  • physics - , Saturday, July 17, 2010 at 12:46pm

    So using Keplers third law,
    T^2=(4pi^2/GM)r^3
    T=4.2 x 10^8
    r=4.8 x 10^20
    G=6.67 x10^-11
    solve for M, then divide by 2.0x10^31?
    which would give 1.855 x 10^25 stars

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