Change of shape

The important thing for your students to realise here is that two different forces can act on an object in balance, like weight acting down and normal reaction acting up. There will be no movement, but depending on the integrity of the object itself, its shape can change.

In looking at possible results of distorting the shape of an object, you can explore elastic and plastic behaviour of a material. This gives an opportunity to plot force extension graphs, to identify Hookes law and to determine spring constants and energy stored in the distorted shape.

Applying the correct equations to the solution of problems related to force, extension and energy stored allows your students to practise lots of math skills.

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