Warm up exercise, October 25-26, 2018

SHORT ESSAY:

Historically, Engineers learned much about bridge building through the spectacular failures of existing bridges. Should we accept this practice as a legitimate way of learning more about Bridge Building in the 21st century?  Or should modern testing techniques eliminate these failures? Explain your answer.

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Lesson 6 on Civil Engineering: Building Bridges, Video (October 25-26)

Objectives: (1) To learn more about the basics of bridge design and construction. (2) To practice collaborative learning.1  (3) To improve writing skills in order to clearly express ideas. Neatness counts.

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  1.   Collaborative learning is an educational approach to teaching and learning that involves groups of students working together to solve a problem, complete a task, or create a product. According to Gerlach, “Collaborative learning is based on the idea that learning is a naturally social act in which the participants talk among themselves (Gerlach, 1994). It is through the talk that learning occurs.” Source:  Collaborative Learning website, http://archive.wceruw.org/cl1/cl/moreinfo/MI2A.htm

Warm Up Exercise, October 23-24, 2018 (with supplement)

SHORT ESSAY: (Do before researching today’s assignment) Large public projects like bridges, can make a statement about a city’s identity. What does the Golden Gate Bridge (opened in 1937) tell you about San Francisco? What does the Brooklyn Bridge (opened in 1883) tell you about New York? Address the year in which each was built and the style of construction.

Golden Gate Bridge
Brooklyn Bridge

SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTION: Only do the supplement below if you are one of the three students who have two engineering classes. Otherwise, do not proceed.

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Warm Up Exercise, October 18-22, 2018 (with supplement)

Scholars and historians debate whether modern engineers and contractors could build an exact duplicate of the Great Pyramid of Giza (1) Give three reasons why such a project would be difficult or impossible today. ( 2) Give at least three reasons of materials and/or technology why ancient people couldn’t build a modern “Wonder” like the Empire State Building.

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Lesson 4 on Civil Engineering: Building Bridges, continued (October 18-22)

Objectives:  (1) To gain a working knowledge of a more specialized type of modern bridge designed by civil engineers; (2) to improve research skills, including discernment of appropriate professional and academic sources; and (3) to improve writing skills in order to clearly express ideas.  Neatness counts.

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Lesson 3 on Civil Engineering: Building Bridges (October 16-17)

Objectives(1) To gain a working knowledge of some of the primary types of modern bridges designed by civil engineers; (2) to improve research skills, including discernment of appropriate professional and academic sources; and (3) to improve writing skills in order to clearly express ideas.  Neatness counts.

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Warm Up Exercise, October 16-17, 2018 (with supplement)

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) created a list of Seven Wonders of the Modern World:

  1. Channel Tunnel
  2. CN Tower
  3. Empire State Building
  4. Golden Gate Bridge
  5. Itaipu Dam
  6. Netherlands North Sea Protection Works
  7. Panama Canal

Pick any three items from the list.  Explain in a sentence or two why each should or should not be on the list.

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