My Research Paper Mrs. Bochicchio’s Research Paper
What do I want to learn more about?
I want to learn more about bridge building.
My purpose statement is:
I want to learn more about bridge building .
What do I want to prove?
What do I want to prove about my Purpose Statement?
I want to learn more about bridge building because I want to know how long a bridge can be , what types of bridges can be built , and how force affects structures such as bridges .
Main Ideas in Outline Form
I. The maximum length of a bridge
II. The types of bridges
III. The amount of force that can be placed upon a bridge
The benefit of using steel suspension bridges as opposed to a stone bridge will enable the longer spans to withstand significant force and require less maintaince over a period of years..
Is this a fact? No, I plan to argue that the longer a bridge, them more force it can withstand. Also, longer bridges should be made of steel not stone.
I need a primary source. I will interview a Civil Engineer. I called HRI Engineering in State College, Pennsylvania and they gave me the name of a Civil Engineer Intern who specializes in bridge construction.
Bobby Bochicchio- 814-555-5509
(I will write my questions and then call him).
1. For how many years have you been involved in bridge construction and design?
2. Have you been employed by companies other than HRI in this capacity?
3. In your opinion, what is the best type of bridge to build over a long span such as a wide river or canyon?
4. What is the lifespan of a steel suspension bridge?
5. What is the cost to maintain this type of bridge? 6. What is the approximate cost to build a stone or other type of bridge over a large span such as a lake or canyon?
7. What would be the approximate cost to maintain such a bridge?
8. What is your recommendation for building a bridge over a large span?
Office of Bridge Technology, U.S. DOT - Federal Highway Administration,
400 7TH STREET, S.W., Washington, D.C., 20590
Now we have our sources. We will begin reading the information that we have collected from each of our sources and placing important summaries and quotes on note cards. (Refer to notes on Writing Note Cards if you need some extra help).