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Classical Mechanics

Where's the invisible matter?

· Level 4 (175 points)
← Where's the invisible matter? · Level 4 (175 points)

In a region of space are a bunch of stars in circular orbits at different radii and some unknown amount of non-visible matter. You observe the speeds of the stars and notice that the tangential velocity of each star is a constant \(v_0\), independent of radius. If the non-visible matter is distributed spherically symmetrically around the center of the galaxy, what is the ratio of the density of the non-visible matter at some distance 10R to the density at some distance R?

Details and assumptions

  • You may assume the total mass of the stars is negligible compared to the mass of the non-visible matter.
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