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Learning objectives

By the end of this section, you will be able to:

  • State Hooke's law.
  • Explain Hooke's law using graphical representation between deformation and applied force.
  • Discuss the three types of deformations such as changes in length, sideways shear, and changes in volume.
  • Describe with examples the Young's modulus, shear modulus, and bulk modulus.
  • Determine the change in length given mass, length, and radius.

We now move from consideration of forces that affect the motion of an object (such as friction and drag) to those that affect an object's shape. If a bulldozer pushes a car into a wall, the car will not move but it will noticeably change shape. A change in shape due to the application of a force is a deformation    . Even very small forces are known to cause some deformation. For small deformations, two important characteristics are observed. First, the object returns to its original shape when the force is removed—that is, the deformation is elastic for small deformations. Second, the size of the deformation is proportional to the force—that is, for small deformations, Hooke's law is obeyed. In equation form, Hooke's law    is given by

F = k Δ L , size 12{F=kΔL} {}

where Δ L size 12{ΔL} {} is the amount of deformation (the change in length, for example) produced by the force F size 12{F} {} , and k size 12{k} {} is a proportionality constant that depends on the shape and composition of the object and the direction of the force. Note that this force is a function of the deformation Δ L size 12{ΔL} {} —it is not constant as a kinetic friction force is. Rearranging this to

Δ L = F k size 12{ΔL= { {F} over {k} } } {}

makes it clear that the deformation is proportional to the applied force. [link] shows the Hooke's law relationship between the extension Δ L size 12{ΔL} {} of a spring or of a human bone. For metals or springs, the straight line region in which Hooke's law pertains is much larger. Bones are brittle and the elastic region is small and the fracture abrupt. Eventually a large enough stress to the material will cause it to break or fracture.

Hooke's law

F = kΔL , size 12{F=kΔL} {}

where Δ L size 12{ΔL} {} is the amount of deformation (the change in length, for example) produced by the force F size 12{F} {} , and k size 12{k} {} is a proportionality constant that depends on the shape and composition of the object and the direction of the force.

Δ L = F k size 12{ΔL= { {F} over {k} } } {}
Line graph of change in length versus applied force. The line has a constant positive slope from the origin in the region where Hooke's law is obeyed. The slope then decreases, with a lower, still positive slope until the end of the elastic region. The slope then increases dramatically in the region of permanent deformation until fracturing occurs.
A graph of deformation Δ L size 12{ΔL} {} versus applied force F size 12{F} {} . The straight segment is the linear region where Hooke's law is obeyed. The slope of the straight region is 1 k size 12{ { {1} over {k} } } {} . For larger forces, the graph is curved but the deformation is still elastic— Δ L size 12{ΔL} {} will return to zero if the force is removed. Still greater forces permanently deform the object until it finally fractures. The shape of the curve near fracture depends on several factors, including how the force F size 12{F} {} is applied. Note that in this graph the slope increases just before fracture, indicating that a small increase in F size 12{F} {} is producing a large increase in L size 12{L} {} near the fracture.

The proportionality constant k size 12{k} {} depends upon a number of factors for the material. For example, a guitar string made of nylon stretches when it is tightened, and the elongation Δ L size 12{ΔL} {} is proportional to the force applied (at least for small deformations). Thicker nylon strings and ones made of steel stretch less for the same applied force, implying they have a larger k size 12{k} {} (see [link] ). Finally, all three strings return to their normal lengths when the force is removed, provided the deformation is small. Most materials will behave in this manner if the deformation is less than about 0.1% or about 1 part in 10 3 size 12{"10" rSup { size 8{3} } } {} .

Questions & Answers

If a prism is fully imersed in water then the ray of light will normally dispersed or their is any difference?
Anurag Reply
the same behavior thru the prism out or in water bud abbot
Ju
If this will experimented with a hollow(vaccum) prism in water then what will be result ?
Anurag
What was the previous far point of a patient who had laser correction that reduced the power of her eye by 7.00 D, producing a normal distant vision power of 50.0 D for her?
Jaydie Reply
What is the far point of a person whose eyes have a relaxed power of 50.5 D?
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What is the far point of a person whose eyes have a relaxed power of 50.5 D?
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A young woman with normal distant vision has a 10.0% ability to accommodate (that is, increase) the power of her eyes. What is the closest object she can see clearly?
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29/20 ? maybes
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In what ways does physics affect the society both positively or negatively
Princewill Reply
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rerry Reply
try to read several books on phy don't just rely one. some authors explain better than other.
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And don't forget to check out YouTube videos on the subject. Videos offer a different visual way to learn easier.
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hope that helps
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I have a exam on 12 february
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Propose a force standard different from the example of a stretched spring discussed in the text. Your standard must be capable of producing the same force repeatedly.
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