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Homework Help: Young's Modulus Help

  1. Aug 4, 2009 #1
    Had a problem with this question in my (Wilson Buffa Lou) College Physics book.

    The problem says: A copper wire has a length of 5.0m and a diameter of 3mm. Under what load will its length increase by 0.3mm?
    The answer in the back says 47N.

    This is my work through the problem and I wanted to see where I went wrong.

    delta L=0.3 x 10^-3m A=(3x10^-3)^2=A=(9x10^-6m^2) Lo=5.0m
    Copper Wire=Y=11x10^10

    ok....... So........Y=FLo/(delta)LA



    multiplying both sides by 2x10^-9

    297N/m=F(5.0m) 297N/m/5.0m=59.4N My answer: 59.4N Any help greatly appreciated. Is my work getting close? Cant find enough examples for Young's Modulus, any direction in that matter is greatly appreciated too. Thank you for your time.
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  3. Aug 5, 2009 #2

    I just figured it out. In your formula you have to divide 3x10^-3 by 2 because you' re dealing with diameter.
    I tried to solve it, and I get around 47 N
    Last edited: Aug 5, 2009
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