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Finding Young's Modulus

  1. Jul 8, 2015 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    2. Relevant equations
    E= (F/A) x (L/ΔL)

    3. The attempt at a solution
    I know that since the material is the same, the Young modulus should be the same. However, when I try to find the ratio of the second wire to the first, I get the answer C. For the first wire, E= 4FL / d2Δl, since A = d2/4.
    For the second wire, the value of E I obtain is F x ½L / (d2/16) x Δl , which is twice the first value. I can't see what's wrong with my working. Can someone point it out?
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  3. Jul 8, 2015 #2
    This is a conceptual question, so we know for a particular material at a certain temperature Young's modulus will be a constant. Using the above equation we see that area does not reduce linearly so you're probably wondering how do I compare a thicker wire to a thinner one. Remember that to get the same ratio of change in length from original length in the thinner wire will require less force. So while your area is a quarter of the size of the original wire, the force needed is also reduced.
  4. Jul 8, 2015 #3
    Oh I see, so from the information given in the question above, there's no way of obtaining the same value of E as the first wire without knowing the change in the value of F is it?
  5. Jul 8, 2015 #4
    Yes, its not meant to be solved numerically.
  6. Jul 8, 2015 #5
    Ok, thanks.
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