Practical Mathematics K12Eugenia wants to make a simple bridge for her dog. Currently he has to run through a tiny stream in the back garden and then walks mud into the house. Since Eugenia’s dad owns and runs a machine shop, she can easily get a single sheet of steel, aluminum or wood to bridge the stream.

The length suits the size of the stream, the width suits the size of the dog, and the weight will be as much as she can carry.
The strength of a plain sheet is proportional to the relative strength of the material, its width and the cube of its thickness.

Which of the available materials makes the strongest bridge?

Suggested by Leslie Green