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Solution: The concept of a "solar sail" is used a lot in science-ficti...

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The concept of a "solar sail" is used a lot in science-fiction books. The idea is the same as the sail on a boat, except the sail would catch light from the Sun instead of wind. If a ship had a sail with an area of 10 m2, and was a distance of 5x109 km from the Sun, what is the maximum force the captain of the ship should expect the sail to provide? Note that the power output of the Sun is 3.85x1026 W.