# Tagged Questions

Questions related to the Continuum Mechanics Division of Elasticity. The bending of beams, deflection of rods, or in general, applications of Hooke's Law generalized to three dimensions.

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### Why is filling a balloon from your mouth much harder initially?

Why is it that when you first fill up a balloon, it's hard to get air through, but after inflating it a bit, it becomes much easier to further inflate the balloon?
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### Why can one bend glass fiber?

Why can one bend glass fibers without breaking it, whereas glasses one comes across in real life is usually solid? Is there also a good high-school level explanation of this?
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### Good books on elasticity

Can someone suggest good books/textbooks/treatises/etc on elasticity?
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### Where does this formula for sagging of a beam come from?

In one of my physics textbooks there is a chapter on the elasticity of materials which contains pretty basic outline about Young's modulus, stress-strain, elastic potential energy and related stuff. ...
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### Elongation in bar with unequal applied forces

How is elongation in a uniform rod with unequal forces acting on opposite sides calculated? If applied forces are equal and opposite, the elongation is defined by the formula ($\delta = \frac{FL}{AE}$)...
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### Why does the balloon pop?

When we pierce a balloon with a sharp needle, it pops and produce a great sound. But, It doesn't pop when we open the mouth of the balloon (through which we have blown air)... So, Why doesn't the gas ...
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### Range of poissons ratio

I know the range of poisson's ratio is -1 to 0.5 but how do you arrive at this expression? I am a 11th grade student and I am not too familiar with advanced physics
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### 2d soft body physics mathematics [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: Modern references for continuum mechanics Good books on elasticity The definition of rigid body in Box2d is A chunk of matter that is so strong that the distance ...
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### Inflating a balloon (expansion resistance)

I am doing a quick calculation on how to calculate the pressure needed to inflate a perfectly spherical balloon to a certain volume, however I have difficulties with the fact that the balloon (rubber) ...
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### Why does rubber ball bounce back while iron ball doesn't?

Suppose there are two balls, one of rubber and the other metallic. There are of the same mass and are thrown on a wall with the same velocity. Why does a rubber ball bounce back while a metallic ball ...
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### Origin of Elasticity

Why is it that not all bodies possess Elastic behavior? What is the origin of elasticity or plasticity? I mean, it's a physical property. So, how does it relate to atoms or molecules in different ...
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### How to write classical dynamics of solids in tensor form (relation of stiffness and viscosity tensor)?

This is a question about dynamics. If I have understood correctly there should be a tensor that describes the dynamics of a (solid?) body (= viscosity ?). I mean, tensor that includes the time ...
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### Consistent theory of continuum

Why is there a consistent theory of continuum mechanics in which one just consider things like differential elements and apply Newtons laws? Is there a deeper reason for it. Is it the nature of ...
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### Generic Born stability criteria

The tensorial form of Hooke's law for the strain-stress relationship in a crystal is (in the Voigt notation): where $\sigma$ is the strain, $\epsilon$ is the stress and C is the stiffness tensor: ...
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### What is the function of the top point of a bouncing ball?

A ball is thrown away as parallel to x axis from M(0,h) point with speed V . After each jumping on x axis , it can reach half of previous height as shown in the figure.(Assume that no any air ...
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### Lagrangian density of linear elastic solid

I need the general expression for the lagrangian density of a linear elastic solid. I haven't been able to find this anywhere. Thanks.
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### Is strain always relative to some initial state?

Let us say I am given a material with no knowledge about its history. Can I somehow calculate its strain ? Or a strain is always relative to some initial state (change in length/initial length) ?
We know that if we fix a bar at one of its ends, then the other one will descend by $s = A \cdot F l^3, A = const.$ (we can assume that $F$ is the gravitational force. ...