Hooke's law


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Hooke's law

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(General Physics) the principle that the stress imposed on a solid is directly proportional to the strain produced, within the elastic limit
[C18: named after Robert Hooke ]

Hooke's law

A law in physics stating that the extent to which an elastic material will change size and shape under stress is directly proportional to the amount of stress applied to it. If a spring is stretched to a length of 6 inches (15.2 centimeters) by a force of 1 newton, for example, it will be stretched to a length of 12 inches (30.4 centimeters) by a force of 2 newtons.
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Noun1.Hooke's law - (physics) the principle that (within the elastic limit) the stress applied to a solid is proportional to the strain produced
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The word "stress" was first mentioned in explaining elasticity in Hooke's Law of 1658, "the magnitude of an external force or stress, produces a proportional amount of deformation, or strain in malleable metal.
Hooke's law (Moyer, 1977) states that the force required to compress a spring is linearly proportional to the distance from its equilibrium length as follows:
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Equation (1a) is the standard version of Hooke's law, simply stating that the applied stress is proportional to the imposed strain.
For a linearly elastic spring with rest length L hanging vertically from a fixed support, Hooke's law is about the spring elongation E caused by a load with weight W hung on the lower end of the spring.
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