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As thermonuclear fusion proceeds in its core, the Sun loses mass at a rate of 3.64 × 10 9 kg/s. During the 5 000-yr period of recorded history, by how much has the length of the year changed due to the loss of mass from the Sun? Suggestions: Assume the Earth’s orbit is circular. No external torque acts on the Earth–Sun system, so the angular momentum of the Earth is constant.

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As thermonuclear fusion proceeds in its core, the Sun loses mass at a rate of 3.64 × 109 kg/s. During the 5 000-yr period of recorded history, by how much has the length of the year changed due to the loss of mass from the Sun? Suggestions: Assume the Earth’s orbit is circular. No external torque acts on the Earth–Sun system, so the angular momentum of the Earth is constant.

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The length of the year changed due to the loss of mass from the Sun.

Explanation of Solution

The Sun loses mass at a rate of 3.64×1009kg/s in a 5000yr period of recorded history.

Formula to calculate the velocity of the Earth during circular motion is,

    v=2πRT        (I)

Here, R is the radius of the orbit, v is the velocity of the Earth and T is the time taken by Earth to complete one revolution.

The Earth is revolving around the Sun, so the gravitational force is balanced by the centrifugal force.

    GMMER2=MEv2R

Here, G is the universal gravitational constant and ME is the mass of the Earth.

Substitute 2πRT for v in above expression.

    GMMER2=ME(2πRT)2RGMT2=4π2R3        (II)

Formula to calculate the linear momentum of the Earth is ,

    L=MEvR

Here, L is the linear momentum.

Substitute 2πRT for v in above expression.

    L=ME2πRTRR2=LT2πMER=(LT2πME)12

Substitute (LT2πME)12 for R in equation (II).

    GMT2=4π2((LT2πME)12)3MT12=4π2G(L2πME)32

The mass of the Earth is constant; linear momentum is constant and G is also constant so the whole term 4π2G(L2πME)32 is constant

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