The Study of Bridges
IntroductionBridges are all
around us, in our world and in our language. Quotes are familiar to us such as: "Bridges to tomorrow" or "Bridges to discovery"
and "Don't burn any bridges behind you." This page will prepare you to understand bridge
building. You will explore bridges
throughout the world, types of bridges, the mathematics of bridge building, and how to construct a bridge yourself.
this Webquest you will explore information about bridges. Each of you will create your own bridge. The Internet will
provide all the resources that the students will need to explore this topic.
Several concepts will be presented during this WebQuest:
- We'll tour the bridges around the world.
- We'll learn about the physics that makes them work!
- We'll look at some sites for bridge construction.
When finished learning about these concepts, you will use your knowledge and build
your own bridge.
The Process and Resources
You'll begin with everyone in your class getting some background information
bridges. For the next two days, you will work on Phase 1.
Phase 1 - Background: Something for Everyone
Take a look at these webpages on bridges to gain background knowledge to help you with your WebQuest. Use other resources that you have access to so that you can explore and build on your own.
Answer the following questions. You will turn in the answers about these questions when you have completed this
webquest. Type your answers in a word document. Use complete sentences and check your
spelling and grammer.
Here are the questions:
- Why would you choose one bridge design over another?
- How do bridges stay up?
- What different kinds of bridges are built?
- What is a truss?
- Describe two famous bridges.
- Describe a famous bridge disaster.
How Bridges Work
General Infromation about Bridge Construction
Which Bridge is Strongest
Much more about Building Bridges
Phase 2 - Build a Bridge
Phase 3 - How much will it hold?
Information for building a model bridge.