# Question #73f4e

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Lets first of all understand Young's modulus of a substance. It is also called modulus of elasticity and is a measure of the stiffness of a solid material.

In other words it is a number that measures resistance of an object to being deformed elastically when a stress is applied to the object. Elastic modulus

# λ -= "stress"/ "strain"#

where stress is the force causing the deformation, and strain is the ratio of the change in value of a particular parameter to its original value.

Since strain is a dimensionless quantity, λ has units of stress.

Now, we know that amount of thermal expansion of any solid is related to its coefficient of linear expansion

#sigma_x=alpha lambda (T−T_"ref")#

where#T# is uniform temperature of the solid metal sample and#T_"ref"# is reference temperature, say room temperature.