# Linear Coefficient of expansion ﻿The increase or expansion of the length of a solid due to heating is called  linear expansion.

Let us consider a solid rod of length 5cm(l1) at temperature 10.C(θ1). Suppose the rod expands to 10cm(l2) when it is heated up to 20.C(θ2) . ﻿Then the change in length(∆l) is observed to be 5cm. It has been experimentally observed that this change in length is:

1. Directly proportional to the original                 length. That is, if the original length               of the solid is more then the change               in length of the solid will also be                     more.

∆l∝l1..........(1)

2. Directly proportional to the change                  in temperature. That is, if the                          change in temperature that happens              due to heating is more then the                      change is length is also more.

∆l∝(θ21) ...........(2)

Now, combining equation (1) and (2), we get,

∆l  ∝  l121)

or, ∆l = α l121).........(3)

where α is a proportionality constant known as coefficient of linear expansion or linear expansivity.

﻿Linear Expansivity(α):

﻿Linear expansivity is literally the coefficient of linear expansion. Its value depends upon the nature of material. It can be also said that α is same for all solids made up of same material.

Using equation (3)

∆l = l1(θ﻿21

or, α = ∆l / l121)

For l1=1 m and (θ21)=1.C or 1.K ,

α=∆l

Thus, linear expansivity of the material of a rod is defined as the change in length per unit original length per unit change in temperature.

The SI unit of α is .C-1 or .K-1

Now, we know.                                                       ∆l = αl121)

or, l2-l1= αl121) [since, ∆l is change in                                        length which is l2-l1]

or, l2= l1 + αl121)

or, l2 = l1 [1 + α(θ21)] (taking common)

This equation is the required equation to find the length of solid after expansion.

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