Q.: How much stronger is a floor made with 1/2-inch aggregate than one with 3/4-inch aggregate if all other ingredients remain the same?
A.: If the quantities of coarse aggregate, fine aggregate, cement and water are the same for both mixes, the mix with l l/2-inch aggregate will have greater slump and will probably bleed more. If both mixes are plastic the resulting strengths of the two mixes will probably be about the same. If, however, the two mixes are designed for the same slump and workability, and with the same cement content, the mix with l/2-inch aggregate is likely to be somewhat stronger, because its water-cement ratio will be lower. However this increase in strength may not be significant because of other factors that affect strength.