# Suppose our Sun eventually collapses into a white ...

Suppose our Sun eventually collapses into a white dwarf, losing about half its mass in the process, and winding up with a radius 1.0% of its existing radius. Assuming the lost mass carries away no angular momentum, what would the Sun's new rotation rate be? (Take the Sun's current period to be about 30 days.) What would be its final KE in terms of its initial KE of today?

1.  2. Now, the formula for angularmomentum is:
L= Iw
So L before = L after:
I1w1= I2w2

The trick to solving these isto figure out what the change in moment of inertia is, and thenapply the concept of conservation of angular momentum toit.
The sun and the white dwarf will both be spherical

A uniform sphere (p. 223) is2/5mr2:
I1 = 2/5mr2 = 2/5MR2

Where M and R are the current massand radius
And
w1=1 rev/30days

After, the sun has half the mass,and 1/100 the radius:
I2 = 2/5(M/2)(R/100)2  = (2/5MR2)/(20,000)

Plugging into conservation ofangular momentum:
I1w1= I2w2

(2/5MR2)(1 rev/30 days) =(2/5MR2)/(20,000)w2
(1 rev/30 days) = w2/(20,000)
w2 =(20,000)(1 rev/30 days)