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Shatter or Stretch? How’d It Break?

November 01, 2007

Author: Pat Anderson and Sharla Hopkins, Boise State University Materials Advantage Chapter

Publication history: Accepted from the Fall 2007 Materials Radio podcast contest (sponsored by the ASM K-12 Education Subcommittee)

Have you ever noticed that there are two different ways that things break? Some things break very suddenly, like a coffee mug dropped on the floor. Other things stretch and bend a lot before they break, like a metal coat hanger or plastic wrap.

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