CVEN 305-502 Syllabus
Spring 2016 - C.E. Room 110
MWF 8:00 am - 8:50 am - CRN: 10690

Professor: Lee L. Lowery, Jr., PhD, P.E.

Office: CVLB Building, Room 705c
Phone: 979-845-4395 (Office), 979-775-5401 (Home)

Office Hours:

NOTE: Office hours listed below are suspended on the days before major exams and finals, giving me time to make them out.  Do not wait until the day before a major exam for help, unless the tutor has office hours and can help you on that day, or plan to see me earlier in the week.

It will always be in your best interest to call to make sure I have not been unexpectedly called out before you come by, unless you are already in the area.

Click here to activate your text, and for other information peculiar to this class.

Help Desk:  Tutoring hours for help in the class can be found here

To get to the help desk in the CE Building, go to the basement and turn right.  It's the first door on the right.  Room 030 CE Building.

Textbook: The textbook is excellent - one of the best:

Looking for a used textbook? ISBN number:  9780073398235 but I don't think you can get into the computer-graded homework problems now used in this class. 

Note that the internet is a thieves paradise. If they won't show you this cover, it's probably not the correct 7th edition.  Also, although the international editions are inexpensive they may be all metric including both the example problems and homework problems.



Catalog Description:

Stress/deformation relationships for continuous media to structural members; axially loaded members; thin-walled pressure vessels; torsional and flexural members; shear; moment; deflection of members; combined loadings; stability of columns; non-symmetrical bending, shear center; indeterminate members; elastic foundations. Prerequisite: satisfactory completion of CVEN 221 or equivalent (Statics).

Course Objectives:

Learning Outcomes - This course emphasizes the following ABET Learning Outcomes. Note that the letters refer to those used by ABET.

Course Prerequisites:

To take CVEN 305, you must have been admitted to upper level in Civil Engineering, and have received a passing grade (no D's, F's or I's) in CVEN 221 or MEEN 221 or equivalent, and completed MATH 251.

Course Assessment:

Syllabus Information:

Resources available to the student:

The correct time (to the nanosecond)

Course Schedule:

Weekly minor exams:  Weekly quizzes will be given during the last half of each Wednesday, when we have one (not always, but be prepared).

The homework assignments may have to be modified from that shown below, depending on our progress during the semester.  Please check the list for changes each day before you work them. 

Notes on required viewing of videos:

Quite a few of the homework problems normally assigned in this class have been dropped and replaced in favor of viewing a few videos before coming to class.  These video assignments can be accessed by going to  The password is "videos".  They are also listed in the Video column below.  In each case, you should print out the notes, and then view the following videos.  Again, in my case I have to use Firefox to view the videos.  I am told Chrome also works.  IE may work for you if Flash works on your computer.  If you get Flash here BE SURE to unclick their "Optional Offer" garbage before installing it.

Course Coverage:


Textbook Reading Assignments
Video Viewing Assignments
NOTE:  These are just a better listing of the videos.  You must use the link here to get to them: Click here!

Lowery's version of the
305 Video List by Week

1) 1/20 - 1/22

Sections 1.1, 1.2, 1.2A, 1.2B, 1.2C, 1.2D, 1.2E


Statics Review Sheets - print out plus view the following 4 videos.
Axial Stress Sheets - print out plus view the following 4 videos.
Uniform Bearing Stress - print out plus view the following 2 videos.
Uniform Shearing Stress - print out plus view the following 3 videos.
Pinned Axial Member
- print out plus view the following 5 videos.  This will be the same format from now on.


2) 1/25 – 1/29

Sections 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.5A, 1.5B, 1.5C, 1.5D, 2.1, 2.1A, 2.1B, 2.1C, 2.1D


Stresses on Oblique Planes
General State of Stress
Plane Stress
Analysis and Design
Factor of Safety
Axial Load

3) 2/1 – 2/5

Sections 2.1E,2.1F, 2.1G, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4


Indeterminate Axial Load Indeterminate Superposition Axial Temperature Axial Load
Poisson’s Ratio

4) 2/8 – 2/12

Sections 2.5, 2.7, 2.10, 2.11, 3.1, 3.1A, 3.1B, 3.1C

At this juncture, students are strongly encouraged to study Appendix A thoroughly.

Hooke’s Law
Shearing Stress
Complete Hooke’s Law
St Venant’s
Stress Concentration

5) 2/15 – 2/19


Sections  3.2, 3.3, 3.4


Angle of Twist
Axial Torsion Analogy
Torsion Example Problem
Gear Relationships
Composite Shaft Problem
Fixed Shaft Problem

6) 2/22 – 2/26

Sections 3.5, 4.1, 4.1A, 4.1B, 4.2


Stress Concentration
Flexure Derivation

7) 2/29 – 3/4

Sections 4.3, 4.4, 4.5, 4.7


Composite Beam
Stress Concentration
Planar Eccentricity

8) 3/7 – 3/11

Sections, 4.8, 4.9, 5.1, 5.2

Detailed procedure for drawing shear and moment diagrams

Interactive practice drawing shear and moment diagrams



Unsymmetric Bending
General Unsymmetric Bending
Shear and Moment Equations
Shear and Moment Rules

    3/14 – 3/18


Catch Up and Stay Alive

9) 3/21 – 3/25

Sections 5.3, 6.1, 6.1A, 6.1B

 (No Friday Class)

Beam Design
Shearing Stress in Beams

10) 3/28 – 4/1

Sections  6.1C,  6.3, 6.4, 7.1, 7.1A

Stress Transformation I

11) 4/4 – 4/8

Sections 7.1B, 7.2


Stress Transformation II
Mohr’s circle

12) 4/11 – 4/15

Sections 7.3, 7.4, 7.6, 9.1, 9.1A

Tuesday - 4/19/16
Q-DROP - 5:00 PM

Absolute Maximum Stress
Pressure Vessels
Spherical Pressure Vessels Introduction to Beam Deflection Beam Deflection Problem 1


13) 4/18 – 4/22

Sections 9.2, 9.3


Beam Deflection Problem 2
Beam Deflection Problem 3 Singularity Function
Singularity Function Problem 1 Singularity Function Problem 2 Singularity Function Problem 3


14) 4/25 – 4/29

Sections 9.4, 9.4A, 9.4B, 10.1, 10.1A


Column Buckling

15) 5/2 – 5/3

10.1B, Final Exam Review


 May 5th, 2016
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon


Final Exam:
Thursday 5/5/2016
10:00 a.m. to noon
in CE Room 110

 Final Exam
Given in our regular classroom

Closed book

The exam will cover everything in the course, with some emphasis on the last material covered over which you have not seen in one of our weekly quizzes.

You are permitted to bring one 8.5" x 11" cheat sheet to the quiz, hand written by you (no copies) on TWO SIDES, no example problems, equations only.  You are also permitted to bring a copy of the equations sheets we developed during the semester.  Click here for a copy.  Finally, you should bring a copy of the F.E. Exam Reference Manual with no notes of any kind written on it.  Click here for a copy.

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