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Saturday, March 2 • 10:00am - 10:45am
Designing Destructive Earthquakes

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Using "shake tables" as simple as a board with handle and accelerometer attached, learners can investigate why horizontal accelerations, velocities, energy and resonant frequencies of earthquake vibrations are more important than magnitude in determining damage to buildings, dams, bridges and other structures. Also learn to quantify the “maximum considered earthquake” which engineers use for any onshore location (including your home or school) even in relatively low-risk Michigan. Both natural and human-induced earthquakes will be considered.

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Fred Thomas

CEO, Math Machines
I am a retired physics and astronomy professor, with decades of experience working to make science fit better with other areas of STEM, especially mathematics. Currently, I manage a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization, providing unique equipment, software, curriculum materials and... Read More →

Saturday March 2, 2019 10:00am - 10:45am EST
Riverview Room