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Example 1.3 in the textbook

Posted: Sun Apr 15, 2018 8:11 pm
by Leslie Contreras 1D
We were only shown Weins law but will we use Stefan-Boltzmann
law Total intensity=constant xT^4
When will this concept come up? Can someone explain to me why T^4

Re: Example 1.3 in the textbook

Posted: Sun Apr 15, 2018 9:20 pm
by jadam_1E
I think there will be some concept based questions on stefan boltzmann law, at the very least.

For the second part of your question, T^4 because it was found that the intensity is not simply directly proportional to T, but it is proportional to T^4 (the temperature to the 4th power). The unit used for temperature in the stefan boltzmann law is generally the Kelvin.

Re: Example 1.3 in the textbook

Posted: Sun Apr 15, 2018 9:34 pm
by Steve H
An example question: What equation helps astronomers determine a star's temperature, size, composition, and age of a star? Because this concept is new to us and very complex, I am sure there will not be many questions about this on the final/midterm.

Re: Example 1.3 in the textbook

Posted: Sun Apr 15, 2018 10:44 pm
by Chem_Mod
There is a physical reason why it should be T^4 which becomes apparent as you start deriving it. However, I will not explain it here since you need to understand statistical mechanics, which you start encountering in upper division physics courses.