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Explain the properties of elasticity.

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charles85 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Salutatorian

Posted November 30, 2008 at 9:33 PM via web

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Explain the properties of elasticity.

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enotechris | College Teacher | (Level 2) Senior Educator

Posted November 30, 2008 at 11:16 PM (Answer #1)

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Elasticity is the property of recovery of an original size or shape of matter exposed to a force.  Something is considered "more elastic" if it restores itself more precisely to its original configuration. The property's namesake, the "elastic" or rubber band, has a high degree of elasticity but can be permanently deformed if too much force is applied in stretching.  This property allows the study of the "strength of materials," and compressibility, and is usually described through the Bulk Modulus formula (to determine the amount of deformation and reformation) and Young's Modulus (to determine the amount of elongation and contraction)

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