How Far Can a Rubber Band Stretch?


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A rubber band can only stretch as far as its elastic limit, which is dependent upon its thickness and quality. When stretched beyond this limit, the rubber band breaks.

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How Far Can a Rubber Band Stretch?
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To determine the elasticity of a rubber band, determine the amount of weight in grams required to stretch it to its elastic limit. Then, convert the grams to Newtons, which is a measure of elastic force. The basis of conversion is 9.8 Newtons per 1,000 grams. For example, if 500 grams of weight is required to stretch a rubber band to its limit, then it has an elasticity of 4.9 Newtons.

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