The Masses of Star1

The Masses of Star1 - The Masses of Stars Note of caution...

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The Masses of Stars Note of caution about comparisons: When comparing two separate binary systemS of the same separation distance, the two stars in the binary system that has larger combined mass will move faster than the two stars in the binary system with less combined mass. The larger combined mass binary has greater gravity force acting between the two stars. When comparing the two stars within a particular binary system, the larger mass star will move slower than the less massive star. The gravity force acting on the two stars within the binary is the same for both of the stars. The distance travelled by an object = velocity × the time it takes. The distance travelled by the star is just the circumference of the orbit = 2 π × the radius of a circular orbit and something similar for an elliptical orbit. Therefore, each star's C.M.-distance r = the star's velocity × the star's orbital period / (2 π ). This allows you to use the easily measured velocity in Kepler's third law and in the center of mass relations. The doppler shifts of the spectral lines are used to
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This note was uploaded on 12/15/2011 for the course AST AST1002 taught by Professor Emilyhoward during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.

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