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# OCR (A) specifications: 5.1.

5a,b,c,d,e,f,g

Chapter 8
Deforming solids
Worksheet
Worked examples
Practical 1: Determining the breaking stress
and Young modulus for copper
Practical 2: Forceextension graphs for
two polymers rubber and polythene
End-of-chapter test
Marking scheme: Worksheet
Marking scheme: End-of-chapter test

Worksheet
acceleration of free fall g = 9.81 m s2

Intermediate level
1
2

## Springs and wires obey Hookes law. State Hookes law.

A spring has a natural length of 2.5 cm. A force of 4.0 N extends the spring to a
length of 6.2 cm.
a

[1]

[1]
1

## Determine the spring (force) constant for the spring in N m .

Calculate the extension of the spring when a tensile force of 6.0 N is applied.
You may assume that the spring has not exceeded its elastic limit.
[2]

## The diagram shows the stressstrain

graphs for two wires made from
different materials A and B.

[3]

Stress
breaks
breaks

## The wires have the same length and

cross-sectional area. Explain which of
the materials is:

brittle;

[1]

stiffer;

[1]

stronger.

[1]

A
0
Strain

## A forceextension graph is shown for a spring.

Force (N)
30

20

10

0
0

2.0

4.0

6.0
Extension (cm)

Use the graph to determine the spring (force) constant k of the spring.

[2]

Calculate the energy stored in the spring when its extension is 5.0 cm.

[3]

Higher level
5

## A length of cable of diameter 1.2 mm is under a tension of 150 N. Calculate

the stress in the cable.

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## The diagram shows two springs X and Y connected in series

and supporting a weight of 8.0 N.
The force constants of the springs are shown on the diagram.
a

[2]

combination.

[2]

k = 20 Nm1

k = 60 N m1

## According to a student, the spring (force) constant for the

springs in series is the sum of the spring (force) constants
of the individual springs. Is the student correct?
[1]

## A metal wire of diameter 0.68 mm and natural length 1.5 m is

fixed firmly to the ceiling at one end. When an object of mass
6.8 kg is hung from the free end, the wire extends by 2.8 mm.
Calculate:
a

[3]

[4]

## A 180 g trolley is placed on a frictionless air track. One end

of the trolley is attached to a spring of spring (force) constant
50 N m1. The trolley is pushed against a fixed support so
that the compression of the spring is 8.0 cm. The trolley is
then released.

8.0 N

[3]

## What is the initial energy stored in the spring?

[3]

Calculate the final speed of the trolley along the frictionless air track.
You may assume that there is 100% transfer of energy from the spring
to the trolley.

[2]

Extension
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## The forceextension graph for a length of metal wire is shown below.

Force

0
0

Extension

The gradient of the graph is equal to the spring (force) constant k of the wire.
Show that the spring (force) constant k is given by:
EA
l
where E is the Young modulus of the material of the wire, A is the
cross-sectional area of the wire and l is the natural length of the wire.
k=

Explain how the gradient of the forceextension graph would change for a wire
of the same material but:
i

[1]

ii

[1]
Total: Score:
44

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Worked examples
Example 1
A spring of natural length 250 mm is hung vertically. Its length increases to 350 mm
when a weight of 12.0 N is attached to the other end. Calculate the spring (force)
constant of the spring.
What is the work done on the spring when its length is increased from 350 mm
to 400 mm? (You may assume that the elastic limit of the spring has not been exceeded.)

F = kx
k=

F
12.0
=
x (350 250) 103

## Do not forget that the extension x is the

change in the length of the spring. It also
needs to be in metres.

k = 120 N m1
work done = change in the stored energy in the spring
energy stored in the spring =

work done =

1 2
kx
2

2

## work done = 0.75 J

Example 2
A metal wire of diameter 1.00 mm has a natural length of 2.10 m. A tensile force of
50.0 N extends the wire by 6.20 mm. Calculate the Young modulus of the material of the
wire. (You may assume that the wire has not exceeded its elastic limit.)
What value for the Young modulus would you get if a wire made of the same material
but twice as long was used?

stress =

F
50.0
=
= 6.37 107 Pa
A (0.50 103)2

x 6.20 103
strain = =
= 2.95 103
L
2.10
Young modulus, E =

E=

stress
strain

diameter
2

## Strain has no unit.

6.37 107
= 2.16 1010 Pa
2.95 103

A wire of twice the length will still have the same value for the Young modulus because
the Young modulus depends on the material and not on the dimensions of the wire.

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Practical 1
Determining the breaking stress and Young modulus
for copper
Safety
Wear eye protection throughout the course of the experiment. Teachers and technicians
should follow their school and departmental safety policies and should ensure that the
employers risk assessment has been carried out before undertaking any practical work.

Apparatus

G clamp
bench pulley
metre rule

## 100 g masses and hanger

32 swg bare copper wire
micrometer screw gauge
eye protection
sand tray (to protect the floor from falling weights)

Introduction
In this experiment you will determine the value for the Young modulus and the
breaking stress (known as the ultimate tensile stress, or UTS) for copper.

Procedure
Details on the Young modulus of materials are given on page 77 of Physics 1. The
arrangement below may be used to determine the Young modulus and breaking stress
for copper.
copper wire

Important concepts

G clamp

marker

metre rule

wooden blocks

pulley

## extension = length of wire original length

stress =

tensile force
cross-sectional area

strain =

extension
original length

table

masses

## sand tray on floor

You will need a long length of copper wire in this experiment. It is recommended
that you use a length of about 2.5 m.

Set up the apparatus as shown in the diagram above. For further details, see page
76 of Physics 1. The marker should be about 30 cm away from the pulley.

Increase the tensile force on the copper wire in equal increments. For each tensile
force, measure the length l of the wire between the wooden blocks and the marker
and the diameter d of the wire. (The wire gets thinner as it gets longer.)

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For each value of tensile force F, calculate the extension x of the wire, the crosssectional area A, the tensile stress and the tensile strain.

5
6

## Keep increasing the tensile force until the wire breaks.

Record the results in a table.

F (N)

7
8
9

l (m)

x (m)

d (m)

A (m2)

Tensile strain

## Plot a graph of tensile stress (y axis) against tensile strain (x axis).

Determine the gradient of the linear region of the graph. The gradient is equal to
the Young modulus of copper.
What is the breaking stress (UTS) of copper? How does your value compare with the
accepted value of 150 MPa?

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Practical 2
Forceextension graphs for two polymers rubber
and polythene
Safety
Wear eye protection when doing the experiment with the rubber band. Teachers and
technicians should follow their school and departmental safety policies and should
ensure that the employers risk assessment has been carried out before undertaking any
practical work.

Aparatus

rubber band
hanger and 100 g slotted masses
clamp stand
metre rule
strip of polythene 1 cm by 20 cm

cardboard
two wooden blocks
eye protection

Introduction
In this experiment, you will determine the forceextension graphs for rubber and
polythene samples.

Procedure
The behaviour of polymers is easy to investigate because they are easier to strain.
Further details on polymers may be found on page 79 of Physics 1.

Force

rubber

rubber band
rule

loop

masses
0
0

Extension

l h

Rubber

1
2

## Hang the rubber band from the clamp.

Attach masses in increments of 100 g and determine the extension of the rubber
band for tensile forces up to 12 N. Take care when adding weights; do not allow the
tension in the rubber to decrease.

Remove the masses one at a time and determine the extension of the rubber band
as the tensile force is reduced.

4
5
6

## Record your results in a table.

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Is rubber an elastic material? Does the rubber band obey Hookes law? What is the
the graph?

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Polythene

wooden blocks.

## Add masses in increments of 100 g and determine the

rubber band
extension of the strip.

3
4

5
6
7

clamp

wooden blocks

polythene strip

rule

## At some stage, the polythene strip shows creep (the

strip continues to extend even though the force applied
remains constant). Wait until the creep stops before
masses
determining the extension.

cardboard

## Record your results in a table.

Plot a graph of tensile force against
extension.
Is the polythene an elastic
material? Does the polythene
strip obey Hookes law?

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masses
polythene
punched
hole

cardboard
tape

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End-of-chapter test

a

stress;

[1]

strain;

[1]

[2]

for a spring.
a
b
c

Force

represents.

[1]

represents.

[1]

## The spring has a spring (force) constant of

80 N m1. The energy stored in the spring is
used to propel a dart of mass 40 g. The spring
is compressed by 6.0 cm and then released.

0
0

Extension

## How much energy is stored in the spring when it is compressed by 6.0cm?

[3]

ii

Calculate the speed of the dart, assuming 50% of the energy stored by
the spring is transferred as kinetic energy of the dart.

[2]

The diagram below shows the stressstrain graph for a metal wire.

Stress (GPa)
1.6

1.4
breaks
1.2
elastic limit
1.0

0.8

0.6

0.4

0.2

0
0

2.0

4.0

6.0

8.0

10.0

12.0
Strain (103)

The wire has a diameter of 0.84 mm and a natural length of 3.5 m. Use the graph
to determine:
a

[3]

## the extension of the wire when the stress is 0.6 GPa;

[2]

the breaking force, assuming that the cross-sectional area of the wire
remains constant.

[3]

Total: Score:
19
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Marking scheme
Worksheet
1

The extension is directly proportional to the applied force, as long as the elastic
limit is not exceeded. [1]

F = kx

F
[1]
x

k=

4.0
[1];
3.7 102

x=

F 6.0
=
[1];
k 108

## A is brittle because the graph shows no plastic deformation. [1]

B is much stiffer than A because the gradient of the graph at the start
is larger. [1]

B is stronger because it requires a larger force (for the same cross-sectional area)
to break. B has a larger breaking stress than A. [1]

k=

k=

30
[1];
0.06

## k = 108 N m1 110 N m1 [1]

x 5.6 102 m (5.6 cm) [1]

k = 500 N m1 [1]

E=

1
1
Fx = kx2 [1]
2
2

E=

1
500 0.052 [1];
2

Stress =

F
[1]
A

stress =

150
[1]
(0.60 103)2

E 0.63 J [1]

## stress = 1.33 108 Pa 1.3 108 Pa [1]

Spring X

x=

F 8.0
=
= 0.40 m [1]
k 20

Spring Y

x=

F 8.0
=
= 0.133 m 0.13 m [1] (The force F is the same.)
k 60

k=

F
8.0
=
[1]
x (0.40 + 0.133)
1

k = 15 N m [1]
c

## No, the student is wrong. [1]

Note
The rule for the spring (force) constant k for springs in
series is:
1 1 1
= +
k k1 k 2
In our case, we have:
1 1
1 60 + 20
=
+
=
k 20 60 20 60
k=

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20 60
= 15 N m1
20 + 60

79

Stress =

F
[1]
A

stress =

6.8 9.81
[1]
(0.34 103)2

b

Strain =

x 2.8 103
=
[1]
L
1.5

Young modulus =

stress
strain

1.84 108
[1]
1.87 103

E=

## F = kx = 50 0.08 = 4.0 N [1]

F
4.0
=
[1]
m 0.180

a=

a = 22.2 m s2 22 m s2 [1]
b

E=

1
1
Fx = kx2 [1]
2
2

E=

1
50 0.082 [1]
2

E = 0.16 J [1]
c

1
mv 2 = 0.16 [1]
2
v=

k=

2 0.16
1.3 m s1 [1]
0.180
F
[1]
x

F = stress A
k=

x = strain L [1]

and

stress A
stress
A
=
[1]
strain L
strain
L

Young modulus, E =

stress
[1]
strain

Therefore:

80

k=

EA
L

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. [1]
L

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Marking scheme
End-of-chapter test
1

Stress =

force
[1]
cross-sectional area

Strain =

extension
[1]
original length

Young modulus =

stress
[1]
strain

as long as the material does not extend beyond its elastic limit. [1]

## The gradient is equal to the spring (force) constant. [1]

The area under the forceextension graph is work done or energy stored by the
spring. [1]

E=

1
1
Fx = kx 2 [1]
2
2

E=

1
80 0.062 [1]
2

## E = 0.144 J 0.14 J [1]

ii

1
mv 2 = 0.144 0.50 [1]
2
v=

E=

2 0.144 0.50
1.9 m s1 [1]
0.04

1.2 109
[1];
8.0 103

Strain =

x
L

## x = 4.0 103 3.5 = 1.4 102 m (1.4 cm) [1]

c

Breaking stress =

breaking force
[1]
cross-sectional area

## Breaking force = 1.5 109 [ (0.42 103)2] [1]

breaking force 830 N [1]

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