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  • In this activity, students use a physical model to investigate the effectiveness of different properties for base isolators.

    By the end of this activity, students should be able to:

    • understand how base isolators work
    • know what properties make an effective base isolator
    • carry out a simple science investigation.

    Download the Word file (see link below) for:

    • introduction/background notes
    • what you need
    • what to do
    • discussion questions
    • student handout.

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    We recommend reading the artcle, Base isolation and seismic dampers before trying this activity.

      Published 18 July 2007, Updated 5 February 2013 Referencing Hub articles
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