How will you ‘weigh the sun’, that is estimate its mass? The mean orbital radius of the earth around the sun is 1.5 × 108 km. from Physics Gravitation Class 11 Manipur Board
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How will you ‘weigh the sun’, that is estimate its mass? The mean orbital radius of the earth around the sun is 1.5 × 108 km.

Orbital radius of the Earth around the Sun, r = 1.5 × 1011 m

Time taken by the Earth to complete one revolution around the Sun, 

T = 1 year

  = 365.25 days 

  = 365.25 × 24 × 60 × 60 s 

Universal gravitational constant, G = 6.67 × 10–11 Nm2 kg–2 

Thus, mass of the Sun can be calculated using the relation, 

M = fraction numerator 4 straight pi squared straight r cubed over denominator GT squared end fraction
   = fraction numerator 4 space straight x space 3.14 squared space straight x space left parenthesis 1.5 space straight x space 10 to the power of 11 right parenthesis cubed over denominator left square bracket 6.67 space straight x space 10 to the power of negative 11 end exponent space straight x space left parenthesis 365.25 space straight x space 24 space straight x 60 space straight x 60 right parenthesis squared right square bracket end fraction 

    = 2 × 1030 kg 

Hence, the mass of the Sun is 2 × 1030 kg.
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The position co-ordinates of two particles of masses m1 and m2are (x1, y1, z1) and (x2, y2, z2) respectively. Find the coordinates of the centre of mass.

The position vectors of masses m1 and m2 are respectively,

space space space space space space space space space space space space r with rightwards harpoon with barb upwards on top subscript 1 equals space straight x subscript 1 straight i with overbrace on top plus straight y subscript 1 straight j with overbrace on top plus straight z subscript 1 straight k with overbrace on top

a n d space space space space space r with rightwards harpoon with barb upwards on top subscript 2 space equals space straight x subscript 2 straight i with overbrace on top plus straight y subscript 2 straight j with overbrace on top plus straight z subscript 2 straight k with overbrace on top

Let the position coordinates of the centre of mass be (X, Y, Z).

Therefore the position vector of centre of mass is,


R with rightwards harpoon with barb upwards on top equals straight X straight i with overbrace on top plus straight Y straight j with overbrace on top plus straight Z straight k with overbrace on top

Since,    R with rightwards harpoon with barb upwards on top equals fraction numerator straight m subscript 1 stack straight r subscript 1 with rightwards harpoon with barb upwards on top space plus straight m subscript 2 space straight r with rightwards harpoon with barb upwards on top subscript 2 over denominator straight m subscript 1 plus straight m subscript 2 end fraction space

therefore space space space straight X straight i with overbrace on top plus straight Y straight j with overbrace on top plus straight Z straight k with overbrace on top 

equals space space fraction numerator straight m subscript 1 left parenthesis straight x subscript 1 straight i with overbrace on top plus straight y subscript 1 straight j with overbrace on top plus straight z subscript 1 straight k with overbrace on top right parenthesis plus straight m subscript 2 left parenthesis straight x subscript 2 straight i with overbrace on top plus straight y subscript 2 straight j with overbrace on top plus straight z subscript 2 straight k with overbrace on top right parenthesis over denominator straight m subscript 1 plus straight m subscript 2 end fraction

space equals space space fraction numerator open parentheses straight m subscript 1 straight x subscript 1 plus straight m subscript 2 straight x subscript 2 close parentheses over denominator straight m subscript 1 plus straight m subscript 2 end fraction straight i with overbrace on top plus fraction numerator left parenthesis straight m subscript 1 straight y subscript 1 plus straight m subscript 2 straight y subscript 2 over denominator straight m subscript 1 plus straight m subscript 2 end fraction straight j with overbrace on topplus fraction numerator left parenthesis straight m subscript 1 straight z subscript 1 plus straight m subscript 2 straight z subscript 2 over denominator straight m subscript 1 plus straight m subscript 2 end fraction space straight k with overbrace on top

Comparing the coefficients of  straight i with overbrace on top comma space straight j with overbrace on top space and space straight k with overbrace on top, we get

straight X equals fraction numerator left parenthesis straight m subscript 1 straight x subscript 1 plus straight m subscript 2 straight x subscript 2 right parenthesis over denominator straight m subscript 1 space plus space straight m subscript 2 end fraction
straight Y space equals space straight X equals fraction numerator left parenthesis straight m subscript 1 straight y subscript 1 plus straight m subscript 2 straight y subscript 2 right parenthesis over denominator straight m subscript 1 space plus space straight m subscript 2 end fraction
straight z equals fraction numerator left parenthesis straight m subscript 1 straight z subscript 1 plus straight m subscript 2 straight z subscript 2 right parenthesis over denominator straight m subscript 1 space plus space straight m subscript 2 end fraction 


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