Materials and their use in structures
Innovative Physics: Connecting Physics to Industry
This is material from the CDROM produced by the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) in partnership the Department of Innovation, Industry and Regional Development (DIIRD). The material includes: Practical activities, Investigations, Materials testing, Careers information and profiles and an extensive annotated list of web-links.
To access the page click here.
The authors were Kathryn Butler and Roy Preece. The support of the following is acknowledged: Chamini Mendis, researcher at the CRC for Cast Metal Manufacturing at Monash University; Josh Pell, a carbon fibre designer and technologist; Dr Bronwyn Fox, the team leader at the Victorian Centre for Advanced Materials Manufacturing; Ian Crouch, business development manager at the CRC for Advanced Composite Structures Ltd
- Gordon, JG 1978, Structures or Why Things Don't Fall Down, Penguin, New York
- Gordon, JG 1992, The New Science of Strong Materials or Why You Don't Fall Through The Floor, Penguin, New York.
- Morgan, W 1981, The Elements of Structure, Pitman Books, London.
- Raitt, G 1987, Forces: Building a Cantilever Bridge - Physics in Action (School Physics in Engineering Project), Cambridge University Press, UK.
It is recommended that teachers should view any video before purchase.
- Marcom Projects: Work = Force x Distance
This is an experiment on the stretching of copper wire. The old sound boards and weights from Mersenne's Law experiment can be used to hold and stretch the copper wire.
An assessment task from the previous course.