# Problem: The surface of the sun has a temperature of about 5800K and consists largely of hydrogen atoms.Find the rms speed of a hydrogen atom at this temperature. The mass of a single hydrogen atom is 1.67x10-27 kg

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The rms speed of a hydrogen atom at this temperature is expressed as:

$\overline{){{\mathbf{v}}}_{\mathbf{r}\mathbf{m}\mathbf{s}}{\mathbf{=}}\sqrt{\frac{\mathbf{3}\mathbf{k}\mathbf{T}}{\mathbf{M}}}}$

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The surface of the sun has a temperature of about 5800K and consists largely of hydrogen atoms.

Find the rms speed of a hydrogen atom at this temperature. The mass of a single hydrogen atom is 1.67x10-27 kg

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