# Bending Spaghetti [SOLVED]: Maths Explained

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In summary, spaghetti bends due to its length, thickness, and the applied force. The main mathematical principles involved are elasticity, tension, and the relationship between force, length, and thickness. Spaghetti can break when bent if the force exceeds its breaking point. It cannot be bent in a perfect circle due to its flexibility. Understanding the math behind bending spaghetti can have practical applications in engineering and materials science, as well as helping us understand the behavior of other objects under force.
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[SOLVED] Bending spaghetti

I ran into a very interesting phenomen. When bending spaghetti, it always breaks into three or more pieces. By bending it, you can't break a piece of spaghetti into two pieces (note: bending from both ends or one end stationary). I heard that there is a mathematical solution for this problem. I was however unable to find it, and was wondering if someone here could help me out.

Thanks Edgardo!

## 1. How does spaghetti bend?

Spaghetti bends due to a combination of its length, thickness, and the force applied to it. When a force is applied to one end of the spaghetti, it causes the other end to bend in a curved shape.

## 2. What mathematical principles are involved in bending spaghetti?

The main mathematical principles involved in bending spaghetti are elasticity, tension, and the relationship between force, length, and thickness. These principles can be described using equations such as Hooke's Law and Young's Modulus.

## 3. Why does spaghetti sometimes break when bent?

Spaghetti can break when bent due to the combination of the force applied to it and its structural properties. If the force applied is too great, it can exceed the spaghetti's breaking point, causing it to snap.

## 4. Can spaghetti be bent in a perfect circle?

No, spaghetti cannot be bent in a perfect circle as it is not a perfectly rigid object. It will always have some degree of flexibility and will bend in a curved shape rather than a perfect circle.

## 5. How can understanding the math behind bending spaghetti be useful?

Understanding the math behind bending spaghetti can be useful in a variety of applications, such as engineering and materials science. It can also help us better understand the behavior of other objects that bend under force, such as bridges and buildings.

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