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Stress and Strain

drawing of stress


drawing of strain

When stress is applied, strain results. So when finals begin, remember-- materials science says that you can't be stressed out. You can only feel strained. Stress is an external force while strain is its impact on you.

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Last updated: Feb. 05, 2009