Read the following two statements below carefully and state, with reasons, if it is true or false.
(a) The Young’s modulus of rubber is greater than that of steel;
(b) The stretching of a coil is determined by its shear modulus.
a) False, because the modulus of elasticity is inversely proportional to the strain for a given stress. If steel and rubber are under the same stress, then strain in steel is less than rubber. Hence steel is more elastic than rubber.
(b) True, because the change takes place in the shape of the coil spring. Therefore, stretching is determined by its shear modulus.
Inter-atomic or inter-molecular forces are electrostatic in nature.
Adhesive force is the attractive force between two unlike molecules. They are caused by forces acting between two substances like electrostatic force (attraction due to opposing charges), mechanical force etc.
E.g., Force of attraction between gum and paper.