Civil Engineering and the Science of Structures

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Children's Literature - Amy S. Hansen
Bridges and buildings make this facet of engineering one of the most visible to all ages. In this edition of the "Engineering Action" series, Solway explains: "Civil engineers share our environment. They can build skyscrapers over a hundred stories high and bridges that span great rivers." Civil engineers made most of the structures around us. While hundreds of books talk about buildings and bridges, this series is unique in how tightly it ties the physics used to the career. Each of these books defines an engineer's job as solving a problem. The eight steps used are different but parallel to the scientific process. The steps are: identify the problem, identify constraints, brainstorm possible solutions, select a design, build a model/prototype, test and evaluate model, redesign, share the solution. Solway uses these steps for his chapter headings as he looks at domes, bridges, buildings, and dams. A design challenge asks readers to implement these steps—although in this challenge Solway adds the important step of research, which is missing, from the other descriptions of the process. Each double-page spread has an overall description, as well as smaller sidebars, and bright pictures. The book's back matter includes more resources, glossary, and index. Reviewer: Amy S. Hansen
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780778774969
  • Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 2/28/2013
  • Series: Engineering in Action Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 967,249
  • Age range: 10 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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