# Difference between revisions of "Shear"

Figure 1, taken from reference [1]

To shear something is to cause a shear strain, by application of a shear stress. Recall that the shear stress σ is given by the applied force F over the area A, namely

$\sigma = \frac{F}{A}$ ,

and the shear strain e is given by

$e = \frac{\Delta x}{y}$ .

See Figure 1 for clarification.

## References

[1] R. Jones, "Soft Condensed Matter," Oxford University Press Inc., New York (2002)