Conceptual Physics (12th Edition)

Published by Addison-Wesley
ISBN 10: 0321909100
ISBN 13: 978-0-32190-910-7

Chapter 12 - Think and Explain: 59

Answer

The larger one is more likely to collapse.

Work Step by Step

As discussed in the text, as the size of an object increases, it grows heavier (mass grows as the size cubes) much faster than it grows stronger (strength only scales as the size squares). Large bridges must be designed differently from small bridges. This is discussed on pages 236-237.
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