In earlier mechanics we were concerned with the effects on the state of motion of a body caused by the forces upon it. Now we are concerned with the effects of force on the shape of the body itself. A solid body under load experiences a deformation. A deformation is considered elastic if, when the load is removed, the object returns to its original shape.
Elasticity appears fairly regularly on the MCAT, and the basics of this discipline, which is often neglected in lecture course, are pretty easy to master. On the exam, you may be expected to distinguish the three common types of deformation, elongation, shearing and compression, and their corresponding moduli, for example, or you may be asked to distinguish an elastic from a non-elastic deformation.
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