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Name: andrew d bauch
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Date: Around 1993


Question:
I am constructing a bridge made of toothpicks. That is the best possible design that would hold the most weight?



Replies:
I once had to do this for an engineering class project except that we used balsa wood and had to span a specified length (perhaps yours is the same). I remember the student that won (which unfortunately was not me) used all of his wood to make two simple members. He measured carefully the position of the loading point relative to that of each supporting end of the span. He designed a supporting device for the weight that was added an two "feet" that fit snugly against the sides of the loading device. He also put layers of glue on his two members after he glued them together. With the layers of glue, it was almost a composite material of wood and glue. You might use some of these ideas, along with your own imagination.

david r munoz


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