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Raymond A. Serway + 1 other
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Raymond A. Serway + 1 other
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Textbook Problem

The nearest neutron star (a collated star made primarily of neutrons) is about 3.00 × 1018 m away from Earth. Given that the Milky Way galaxy (Fig. P1.81) is roughly a disk of diameter ~ 1021 m and thickness ~ 1019 m, estimate the number of neutron stars in the Milky Way to the nearest order of magnitude.

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Figure P1.81

To determine
The number of neutron star in the Milky Way to the nearest order of magnitude.

Explanation

Given Info: The nearest neutron star from Earth is 3×1018m away. The diameter of Milky Way galaxy is 1021m and thickness is 1019m .

Explanation:

Formula to calculate the volume of the galaxy is,

Vg=π(d24)t

  • Vg is volume of the galaxy,
  • d is diameter of the galaxy,
  • t is the thickness of the galaxy

Substitute 1021m for d , 1019m for t to find Vg .

Vg=π((1021m)24)(1019m)1061m3

Formula to calculate the galactic volume of the neutron star is,

V1=4

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