The Science of a Bridge Collapse

Cover: The Science of a Bridge Collapse



This book discusses the science behind bridge collapses and their effects. The chapters examine historical bridge collapses, explain how bridges are designed and built, and show how scientists and engineers are working to prevent future collapses. Diagrams, charts, and photos provide opportunities to evaluate and understand the scientific concepts involved.


  • Level: Grade 4 - Grade 8
  • Dewey: 624.2
  • Graphics: Full-color photographs
  • Reinforced book (9781631376238): 7.5 x 9.5, 32 pages, © 2015
  • Paperback (9781631376689): 7.5 x 9.5, 32 pages, © 2015
  • PDF (9781631377136): 7.5 x 9.5, 32 pages, © 2015
  • Hosted ebook (9781631377587): 7.5 x 9.5, 32 pages, © 2015
  • Series: 21st Century Skills Library
  • Subseries: Disaster Science


  • Lexile® Measure: 870
  • Guided Reading Level: T
  • Accelerated Reader® Quiz: 171100
  • Accelerated Reader® Reading Level: 5.8
  • Accelerated Reader® Interest Level: MG
  • Accelerated Reader® Points: 1.0

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Booklist - The Science of a Bridge Collapse

When often high-profile bridge collapses occur, they can cause injury or death to motorists, not to mention lengthy traffic problems. This entry into the Disaster Science series looks into the faulty design, defective parts, overloading, environmental forces, and accidents that contribute. In almost all instances, routine inspection plays a crucial part in preventing major catastrophic collapses. Using color photographs of five collapsed or destroyed bridges and text descriptions of other collapses, Bethea engages the reader’s imagination and curiosity about how engineers design bridges, the scientific principles behind the construction, how engineers and builders determine the causes of a collapse, and how they make repairs. Many books feature the Brooklyn Bridge and the Golden Gate Bridge, but this unique focus offers a fresh view on a familiar architectural topic.



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