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        Materials Lab

        Builders of large structures use a wide variety of construction materials. The choices they make have to do with the strength and weight properties and the cost of materials. The manner in which a material will be used is also an important consideration; sometimes weight is more important than strength. This interactive activity from the Building Big Web site allows users to investigate the properties of several types of building materials, including wood, brick, concrete, and steel, to learn the pros and cons associated with each, and to see how these materials are used in the real world.

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