Bill Nye: The Science Guy

Season 1 Episode 14

Structures

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Aired Unknown Dec 10, 1993 on Disney Channel
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Structures
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Are you tense? Need some structure to your life? Then tune in to Bill Nye the Science Guy as he
explains the science of structures.
All structures give support or create a shape. You can find structures everywhere. Bridges, buildings,
chairs, shoes, plants, spiderwebs, tables, and even your own body are all structures. A structure's shape,
and what it's made of depend on what the structure does and how strong it needs to be.
When structures give support, they either experience a pull (tension) or a push (compression). Structures
in tension, such as ropes, cables, or blimps are made from stuff that is good at pulling. The materials in
tension are usually thin. Structures under compression, such as elephant legs and courthouse columns,
are made from hard stiff stuff. Compared to structures under tension, structures under compression are
much thicker. When it comes to structures, form (the and shape) depends on function (what it does).
Build support for Bill by watching the "Structures" episode.

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