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## Homework Statement

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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?

## Homework Equations

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Young's modulus = stress/strain

## The Attempt at a Solution

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Is it because they both induce a normal force on the beam?

Thanks for any help!