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Practical  StressStrain graph of an elastic band 
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Nov3008, 07:17 AM

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1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
Hi, I have a practical to do soon, it's only a basic thing because we've only been doing physics for just over a month  plotting a stressstrain graph for an elastic band... 2. The attempt at a solution Now, I was just going to measure the original length of the band & add weights each time measuring the extension so the Force being the independant variable and the extension being the independant one. Problem is, when it comes to working out the stress what do I use for the crosssectional area? As it's stretching the crosssectional area on a rubber band would probably change quite a lot, how do you deal with this? Or would you just mention that in the write up as a "source of error" and use the initial area before you started stretching it? Any help would be greatly appreciated, this is my first practical so I'm not really sure what to do. Thanks in advance. 


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Nov3008, 10:59 AM

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Here is a link that touches a bit on your concerns:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poisson...umetric_change Since you mention an elastic band, then I would say that you can determine observationally the change in width between extremes and model that as a linear change in crosssectional area across the range of applied forces. If it exhibits only small change over the range then you can surely ignore it. 


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