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Let F be the force between the two stars.

From Newton's second law, we know that F = ma

Force due to star 1, F = m_{1}α_{1}

A binary star system consists of two stars of masses *m*_{1} and *m*_{2}. The stars, which gravitationally attract each other, revolve around the center of mass of the system. The star with mass *m*_{1} has a centripetal acceleration of magnitude *a*_{1}.

Note that you do not need to understand universal gravitation to solve this problem.

Find *a*_{2}, the magnitude of the centripetal acceleration of the star with mass *m*_{2}.

Express the acceleration in terms of quantities given in the problem introduction.

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