Building Bridges: Initial Research Webquest
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Part I: Bridge Types
Basic Bridge Types
How Bridges Work:
Major Bridges: Record Spans:
The three primary families of bridges are:
a. Beam or Girder: Truss bridges
c. Arch: Wood, Stone or Steele
. For each type of bridge include the following information:
Main Characteristics (use your own words)
Two examples of each type bridge giving name, location and span.
Part II: Bridge Termino
Building Big: Forces Lab
2. Define the following terms in your own words:
There are seven different types of loads that can affect a bridge.
3. Name and briefly describe each type of load.
4. Try each load and describe what
can be done to strengthen the
This section presents 8 different materials that could be used in a bridge.
5. Compare and contrast the use of the following materials
regarding its cost to weight ratio, load performance and variety of
a. Concrete vs Reinforced concrete
b. Steel vs cast iron
PART III. BUILD A BRIDGE
NOVA Super Bridge
Follow this interactive activity step
step and answer
6. How do the abutments support arch bridges?
7. Discuss the issues related to span in beam bridges.
8a. What are the advantages of using pre
b. Briefly describe the elaboration process.
9. What are the main differences between Cable
Stayed bridges and
10. What are some of the advantages of Cable
Stayed bridges over
other types of Suspension bridges?
11. Play the game and write your results: