# HiI've started a mechanics module and just wanted to know, what is

• jase951
In summary, Young's Modulus ('e') and E = Stress/Strain are both ways to measure the stiffness of a structure or material. However, Young's Modulus specifically refers to tensile stress and strain, while the E equation can also be used for shear and bulk stress and strain.
jase951
Hi

I've started a mechanics module and just wanted to know, what is the difference between Young's Modulus ('e') and the E = Stress/Strain?

Thanks!

Jase

None :)

One last question about 'E': is this the stiffness of the structure or is this a property of the material stiffness only?

Thanks!

Depending on the type of structure, you would define stiffness with K = F/x, or an "effective" or "apparent" modulus.

In the case of the modulus, a "black box" would enclose your structure and you would determine the properties of that "box," e.g., the cross-sectional area of the box when calculating force/area = pressure.

Thanks for your help. I've got it now.

Strictly speaking E is tensile stress/ tensile strain.There is a shear modulus(shear stress/shear strain) and a bulk modulus(bulk stress/bulk strain).

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