Physics Of Bridges Essay Contest

Allen, Edward and Zalewski, Waclaw, Shaping Structures: Statics, John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated, New York, N.Y., 1998 (This is a good source for teachers to use for technical information about behavior of materials and how engineers design a safe structure.)

Avakian, Paul W.; Blaustein, Daniel; McLaughlin, Charles W.; Reel, Kevin; Science Interactions, Glencoe/McGraw-Hill, 1996 (This teacher's edition gives excellent short exercises in which students can test the basic principles of physics.)

Cutnell, John D. and Johnson, Kenneth W., Physics 3rd edition, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1995 (This college level book is an excellent resource for the accelerated physics' student. It gives many examples of how physics relates to the engineering of structures.)

Dupre, Judith, Bridges, Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, New York, 1997 (This is an excellent introductory book for students because it displays photographs of the three types of bridges from all over the world and some history about each bridge.)

Friedman, Thomas and Goodwin, Neil, screenwriter. Super Bridge. Director Neil Goodwin. Peace River Films, 1997 (This video is an excellent way for students to experience first hand the process of building a suspension bridge. Students are also able to watch problems encountered during the construction of cable-stayed bridge.)

Gordon, J.E., Structures: Why Things Don't Fall Down, Plenum Press, London, England, 1978 (This book is an excellent resource for teachers and students because it is humorous, easy to read, and explains scientific terminology in a way that is easy for students to understand.)

Jupp, Edmund W., "Bridge Watching for Beginners", (This website is a good resource for the basic terminology of engineering a bridge. Students will find this website easy to read and interesting to explore the world of bridge building.)

Nova On-Line, "Super Bridge", (November, 1997) (This website offers the teacher and student many lab activities in which students can explore the physics of building a bridge.)

Salvadori, Mario, Why Buildings Stand Up: The Strength of Architecture, W.W. Norton & Company, New York, N.Y., 1980 (This book is a good resource for teachers because it discusses the engineering of structures and how they stand when subjected to natural forces. This book also gives good mathematical examples and explanations of how different shapes provide strength for structures.)


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