Problem: The escape speed for a particle to leave the gravitational influence of the sun is given by (2GM/R)1/2, where M is the sun's mass, R its radius, and G the gravitational constant. The sun's mass is M=1.99×1030 kg, its radius R= 6.96×108 m and G=6.673×10-11 N·m2/kg2.Calculate the escape speed for the sun.

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The escape speed of the sun is expressed as:

vescape=2GMR

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The escape speed for a particle to leave the gravitational influence of the sun is given by (2GM/R)1/2, where M is the sun's mass, R its radius, and G the gravitational constant. The sun's mass is M=1.99×1030 kg, its radius R= 6.96×10m and G=6.673×10-11 N·m2/kg2.

Calculate the escape speed for the sun.

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