The Nature of Wood and Wood Products

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Description: This CD-ROM presents a series of fifteen modules to provide a basic understanding of wood as a material and of the principal products made of wood. Each module includes a review that tests understanding of key concepts. Instant feedback is provided along with links to review material that is relevant to any question that may have been answered incorrectly. Also included are over 700 photographs and graphics, animations, and self-test scroll bars - all designed to promote an understanding of the subject matter in a visual, interactive environment. This product is designed to work with Windows 95 or higher or MAC OS 8.0 or higher and with either Netscape Navigator 4.5+ or Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.04. A demo version is available at
Author/Producer: Jim L. Bowyer/Ruth L. Smith, University of Minnesota Forest Products Management Development Institute; Distributed by the Forest Products Society, Madison, Wisconsin.
Topic Areas Covered: The fifteen study modules cover: properties of softwoods; properties of hardwoods; the formation and chemistry of wood; juvenile wood and reaction wood; the influence of forestry practices on wood quality; wood drying; specific gravity of wood; strength of wood; wood preservation; lumber; plywood; wood composite products; pulp and fiber products; measurement of wood and wood products; and wood raw materials and the environment.
Resource Type: CD-ROM
For Grade Levels: High school through Adult
Publication Date: 1999
Length: 15 modules
Cost: Single copies $69.95. Full-time student $38.50. Quantity discounts available. Add $5 for shipping fee.
Is It Available For Loan? No
Is Training Necessary? No
Language: English
Educational or Informational: Educational
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Author/Producer Contact: Forest Products Society
Address: 2801 Marshall Court
Madison, WI 53705-2295
Phone: (608) 231-1361

Our Message & Evaluation Criteria

  • Everything is made from natural resources and natural resources must come from somewhere.
  • The gathering and processing of all natural resources have environmental impacts.
  • Responsible production and use of wood - a renewable resource - is environmentally sound.

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