# Area expansion is like a photographic enlargement

 Every linear dimension increases by the same percentage with a change in temperature, including holes. This assumes that the expanding material is uniform. . Thermal expansion of an area can be calculated from the linear expansion coefficient.
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# Area Expansion

Over small temperature ranges, the thermal expansion is described by the coefficient of linear expansion. If the linear expansion is put in the form then  In most cases the quadratic term above can be neglected since the typical expansion coefficient is on the order of parts per million per degree C. The expression then becomes which is equivalent to the expression at left.
 Will a hole in a uniform metal plate get larger or smaller with heating?
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# Volume Expansion

 Over small temperature ranges, the thermal expansion is described by the coefficient of linear expansion. If the linear expansion is put in the form then the expanded volume has the form In most cases the quadratic and cubic terms above can be neglected since the typical expansion coefficient is on the order of parts per million per degree C. The expression then becomes  Index

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