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Week 28 - Structures and Forces Unit Test

Review Activity

Structure and Forces - Study Guide

Review: An Overview of the Module
Textbook SkimmingThis module has a few key concepts which should stand out once you have completed all the lessons and activities.
Final Exercise: OPTIONAL1. Pull out your textbook for this activity. Now, I want you to go through the entire Structure and Forces module in the textbook and write down all the bold or highlighted words in the paragraphs. This will really help you on the final module test.

2. Now that you have a list of all the key terms, copy out the definitions for those terms that you could not describe on your own. This is a great study resource.

You can use the glossary at the back of the textbook to learn the meaning of the word. You must show that you understand the definition by using the term in a sentence of your own words.

Below is a list of the topics covered by the questions that may appear on your exam. The entire test bank is made up of many questions - the computer will randomly choose 50 questions for each exam attempt you make.

Your exam consists of 50 multiple choice questions. Use the text, your notes, and information from the activities to study for this exam.

Study Guide

Possible : Topics on the Structure and Forces Exam:


  1. aesthetics
  2. brace
  3. cantilever
  4. centre of gravity and know how is it useful when balance is important
  5. column
  6. corrugation
  7. design
  8. dome
  9. fixed joint
  10. geodesic dome
  11. keystone
  12. laminate
  13. structure
  14. stress


  1. tension and compression in various situations
  2. humanmade versus natural structures
  3. the functions of structures
  4. materials with high tensile or compressive strength
  5. structural changes that will make a home more energy efficient
  6. stages in creating, using, and demolishing a structure that are affected by cost
  7. differences between space and earth structures
  8. factors that affect the amount of load a structure will support
  9. examples of solid and frame structures
  10. examples of static and dynamic loads
  11. where costs affect a construction project
  12. and compare manmade structures and natural structures


  1. he importance of bridge specifications
  2. the design used in the Egyptian pyramidssee text
  3. what shape is the strongest
  4. the difference between fixed and mobile joints
  5. how the blocks of the pyramids of Giza are joined together (see text)
  6. examples of ball and socket as well as hinge joints in the human body
  7. what forces effect objects in space
  8. how tensile strength can be tested
  9. the steps an engineer would carry out when preparing to build a structure
  10. how you can make a column more rigid
  11. how are arches useful
  12. what the purpose of building a scale model of a bridge is
  13. what factors should be considered when building a structure


  1. design principle was used to construct the Eiffel Tower?
  2. design principle was used to construct Stonehenge in England?see text
  3. are the advantages to using longer beams in bridges?
  4. design principle was used to construct the Roman aqueducts?see text
  5. are some environmental concerns to consider when designing a structure?
  6. is a prototype used for?
  7. units are used when measuring force?
  8. does a truss bridge look like?
  9. factors that affect the aesthetics of a building?


  1. what an object does when it shears
  2. where the tension on a cantilever bridge is
  3. "margin of safety"
  4. the difference between a simple beam and a box beam


  1. the specifications of a bridge in order of importance the properties of steel 

* Refer to pictures and explanations in textbook