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Homework Help: Tower project: your opinion

  1. Feb 11, 2009 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    I was just wondering if anyone would like to give me an opinion on how best to build a popsicle stick "tower" that must be able to withstand 100 lbs, or preferably higher.

    Perameters are as follows: I have been given 100 grams worth of sticks. The structure must be 15 cm wide, and 15 cm tall. My instructor will insert a 2 inch diameter pipe through the middle (must be 'hollow').

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    3. The attempt at a solution

    Im thinking of a square base with a four-cornered 'skeleton' extending upwards. On the sides of the tower I will form "triangles" with the sticks to help hold the weight.

    Any opinions and all thoughts are appreciated.
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  3. Feb 11, 2009 #2


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    Sounds good! Workmanship is important - you need strong glue joints. If you have extra sticks, use them to double the strength of the joints.
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