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There are many types of construction materials used for wood-frame houses. Compare the different uses for and strengths of different building materials, e.g.: particle board, plywood, pine, oriented strand board (OSB), and drywall (gypsum board, SheetRock). The Science Buddies Materials Science Resource Stress, Strength and Strain will be helpful for learning about different ways to measure material strength. You should be sure to use the same cross-sectional area of each material in order to make fair comparisons. (Hess, 2006)

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Hess, J.R., 2006, personal communication.

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Science Buddies Staff. "Strength of Different Construction Materials." Science Buddies, 20 Nov. 2020, https://www.sciencebuddies.org/science-fair-projects/project-ideas/CE_p020/civil-engineering/strength-of-different-construction-materials?class=AQWhcz9pSO7rbtzD622MPXQdu5fqBr8_9t7B4QU9IRXeYMwSMlXFDtUckjztSNhe6GTCWJbb6khOTI4NMP6ml3Ye1lyGHx7VXUzjRQba_IvDeg. Accessed 17 Apr. 2021.

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Science Buddies Staff. (2020, November 20). Strength of Different Construction Materials. Retrieved from https://www.sciencebuddies.org/science-fair-projects/project-ideas/CE_p020/civil-engineering/strength-of-different-construction-materials?class=AQWhcz9pSO7rbtzD622MPXQdu5fqBr8_9t7B4QU9IRXeYMwSMlXFDtUckjztSNhe6GTCWJbb6khOTI4NMP6ml3Ye1lyGHx7VXUzjRQba_IvDeg


Last edit date: 2020-11-20

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