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Homework Help: Experimentally Determined Young's Modulus

  1. Feb 10, 2017 #1
    So in my mechanics of materials lab, we calculated Young's modulus after measuring the strain and applying force to a beam. What I'm trying to figure out is, why are you able to use both a bending force and an axial force when calculating Young's modulus? Is it because they both induce a normal force on the beam?

    Thanks for any help!
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