Build a Pasta Bridge: Physics Challenge & Tutorials

In summary: G5UaK3NsS4C4QTK4NgBA&ved=0CAUQ6AEwAwIn summary, a pasta bridge can be made of any commercial pasta, as long as its initial diameter is not greater than 3 mm and not less than 1 mm. The bridges must span a gorge measured from vertical contact to vertical contact. The vertical edge of the gorge may not be used (no thrust support from side banks permitted). The gorge width is 750 millimeters, and the vertical depth of the bridge may not exceed 500 mm. The maximum weight of the bridge is 600 grams, including the "official U-bolt". The "official U-bolt" is centrally
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hello there Physics friends.
I am building a Pasta Bridge.
The Bridge can be made of Any solid, round, commercial pasta (e.g. spaghetti, spaghettini or vermicelli) may be used as long as its initial diameter is not greater than 3 mm and not less than 1 mm. The Bridges must span a gorge measured from vertical contact to vertical contact. The horizontal surface of the gorge on each side is used for support. The vertical edge of the gorge may not be used (no thrust support from side banks permitted). All bridges have to be able to support their own weight when spanning the gorge.
Gorge width:750 millimeters The vertical depth of your bridge may not exceed 500 mm.
The maximum weight of the bridge is 600 grams including "U-bolt". The “Official U-Bolt and Platform” must be built into your bridge. The official U-Bolt is centrally located on a 7 mm x 50 mm x 100 mm wood platform. The platform shall be located at the mid-span of your bridge at, or above , the horizontal surface of the gorge.

Any Links, Math, Ideas.. Or tutorials would be appreciated
Thank you.
 
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pjdjohn269 said:
hello there Physics friends.
I am building a Pasta Bridge.
The Bridge can be made of Any solid, round, commercial pasta (e.g. spaghetti, spaghettini or vermicelli) may be used as long as its initial diameter is not greater than 3 mm and not less than 1 mm. The Bridges must span a gorge measured from vertical contact to vertical contact. The horizontal surface of the gorge on each side is used for support. The vertical edge of the gorge may not be used (no thrust support from side banks permitted). All bridges have to be able to support their own weight when spanning the gorge.
Gorge width:750 millimeters The vertical depth of your bridge may not exceed 500 mm.
The maximum weight of the bridge is 600 grams including "U-bolt". The “Official U-Bolt and Platform” must be built into your bridge. The official U-Bolt is centrally located on a 7 mm x 50 mm x 100 mm wood platform. The platform shall be located at the mid-span of your bridge at, or above , the horizontal surface of the gorge.

Any Links, Math, Ideas.. Or tutorials would be appreciated
Thank you.

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1. What is a pasta bridge?

A pasta bridge is a type of bridge made entirely out of uncooked pasta and glue. It is a popular physics challenge that tests one's understanding of structural stability, load-bearing capacity, and other principles of physics.

2. What materials do I need to build a pasta bridge?

You will need uncooked pasta, such as spaghetti or linguine, as well as a strong glue, such as wood glue or super glue. You may also need other materials such as toothpicks, rulers, and weights for testing.

3. Can I use any type of pasta for the bridge?

Yes, you can use any type of uncooked pasta for your bridge. However, keep in mind that different types of pasta have different strengths and may affect the overall stability of your bridge. It is best to experiment with different types of pasta to see which works best for your design.

4. How do I ensure my pasta bridge is structurally sound?

To ensure your pasta bridge is structurally sound, you will need to consider important principles of physics such as tension, compression, and the distribution of weight. It is also important to use a strong glue and create a solid foundation for your bridge.

5. Is this challenge suitable for all ages?

Yes, this challenge is suitable for all ages as it is a fun and educational way to learn about physics principles. However, younger children may require adult supervision and assistance with using sharp tools such as scissors or knives.

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