Yes. Using the tackle provided with the Structures & Materials Testers you can apply a load to a beam in a 3-point and 4-point test. One method is to use high strength line through an eye bolt attached to the load cell. This can be arranged so that a single strand of line goes over the sample resting on the cross bars (for a 3-point test), or two strands for a 4-point test. For ideas about how to integrate this activity into your class and details on how to attach the samples look for the Chalk Testing Activity on this project which can be found in the Experiments tab of the Vernier Structures & Materials Tester (VSMT).

We have also posted an Innovative Use that shows a similar approach to this. See: http://www.vernier.com/innovate/testing-chalk-with-vsmt/

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