Beams are a common structural component,
and the beam statics model
helps students to understand how they work.
As they build the model, students
learn about reactions, supports and beams.
They also learn about forces and moments,
and about the difference between dead and live loads.
The model is instrumented in such a way
that students can move loads along the beam
and see how doing so affects the reactions.
If a torque is applied to the beam,
students can see firsthand
that where it is applied does not affect the reactions —
a counter-intuitive fact
that they might otherwise find difficult to accept.
Students can also see
how distributed loads and equivalent point loads
produce the same reactions (within experimental error).
If students know how to calculate reactions,
they can do so,
and they can compare their calculated reactions
with the measured ones.
For more information about the beam statics kit,
we hope you will visit our website.
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