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D2 Measurong Young's modulus of copper(TAS)

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D2 Measurong Young's modulus of copper(TAS)


In this experiment, The Young's modulus of copper will be mesured .


- copper wire   4m

- G-clamp
- polley on clamp

-2*Wooden block

- 2*rule (half meter and meter rule)

- slotted mass with hanger 15 * 0.1 kg

- adhesive label
-micrometer screw gauge
-safety goggles  
-polystyrene board

Warning : Wear safety goggles when doing this experiment )


When a spring is stretched or compressed by a force.The extension is directly proportional to the applied force.This relationship known as Hooke's law.
Force=ke.However,the law is used when the proportional limit is not exceeded.To further investigate how the material behaves when it is stressed,we define:

The stress applied to the wire is defined as the force applied per unit cross-sectional area.
Stress = force per unit area =F/A    

(where F is the force or tension in the wire, A is the cross-sectional area)

When the wire being stretched,it is under strain.The strain is defined as the extension per unit length.

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nd measurement

3rd measurement

Diameter d/m




Mean diameter of wire d = 0.000278 m

Original length of wire l = 3.95 m

Load m/kg








Extension e/m
























Before the load increase to 0.7 kg.The extension is nearly proportional to the force .Also stress is nearly proprtional to strain.After the load is beyond 0.7kg,extension is not proportional to force and stree is not proportional to strain.The plastic deformation occur.The wire does not return completely to its original length .The wire broke whn the load is increase to 1.4 kg.

This part of graph obeys Hooke’s law.

Fig. 4

% strain = extension / original length x 100%

= 0.0042/ 3.95x 100%

       = 0.106%


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safety goggles when doing this experiment.It can protect our eye is hited by the wire.

Young's modulus is more useful than force constant because the Young's modulus depend on the force per unit cross sectional area.Also,the extension is per unit length.It is more accuracy than the force constant which is only depend on the relationship between the force and extension.

From the book called NEW WAY PHYSICS.the young's modulus of the copper is
124x109 Pa.

Also from
the Young's modulus is between110 to 130 x109 Pa.
Compare with our result.It is 124x10
9 Pa.The answer is very close to the reference answer.It is because we take all of the value very carefullyand seriously for decrease the error.


The Young's modulus is depend on the materials.The Young modulus of copper which measure by our group is
124x109 Pa

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