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Bridge Types: Tensile & Compressive Forces

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Abstract

Students explore how tension and compression forces act on three different bridge types. Using sponges, cardboard and string, they create models of beam, arch and suspension bridges and apply forces to understand how they disperse or transfer these loads.

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  • (2010), "Bridge Types: Tensile & Compressive Forces," http://nees.org/resources/447.

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