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content provider: the WGBH Educational Foundation
Visit Shapes Lab, from the PBS Building Big Series to learn how the shape of a structure affects its strength.  Don't miss the activity where you load a rectangle, an arch, and a triangle with various weights until they fail.  You'll also find information about  building materials.

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Motion, Forces, and Energy
- Statics of Rigid Bodies
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- Engineering
- Middle School
- High School
- Elementary School
- Informal Education
- Reference Material
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Restriction: © 2001 WGBH
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Keywords: arch, building, force, load, rectangle, stress, structure, triangle, weight
Record Creator: Metadata instance created April 5, 2007 by Ann Deml
Record Updated: Apr 05, 2007 by Ann Deml
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Building Big: Shapes Lab. (2001). Retrieved July 21, 2024, from Public Broadcasting Service:
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WGBH Educational Foundation. Building Big: Shapes Lab. Arlington: Public Broadcasting Service, 2001. (accessed 21 July 2024).
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Building Big: Shapes Lab. Arlington: Public Broadcasting Service, 2001. WGBH Educational Foundation. 21 July 2024 <>.
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