CVEN 305-501 & 502 Syllabus
Spring 2017 - C.E. Room 110
502 - MWF 8:00 am - 8:50 am - CRN: 10671
501 - MWF 9:10 am - 10:00 am - CRN: 10670

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

Office: CEOB (was CE/TTI), Room 701c
Phone: 979-845-4395 (Office), 979-775-5401 (Home)

Office Hours:

NOTE: Office hours listed below are subject to change.  Please call before dropping by.  Do not wait until the day before an exam for help, unless the tutors have office hours and can help you on that day.  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 left, then it's down the hall on the right.  Room 023 in the old 2 story CE Building.

Textbook: The textbook is excellent - one of the best, but you need only the computer-graded homework part.   An electronic version of the text is included with that.  See the syllabus below.



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:

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, when given, will be given during the last half of Wednesday's class (not always, but be prepared).  You may bring a copy of the 305 equation sheet attached here.

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.  Also note that you MUST submit your answers before the deadline due date stated.  

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 some 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 videos that follow the notes.  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" trash 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) 1/18 - 1/23

Sections 1.1, 1.2, 1.2A, 1.2B, 1.2C, 1.2D, 1.2E, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.5A, 1.5B, 1.5C, 1.5D

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


2) 1/25 – 1/30

Sections 2.1, 2.1A, 2.1B, 2.1C, 2.1D, 2.1E,2.1F, 2.1G, 2.2


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

3) 2/1 – 2/6

Sections 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.7, 2.10, 2.11


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

4) 2/8 – 2/13

Sections 3.1A, 3.1B, 3.1C, 3.2, 3.3

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 – 2/20


Sections  3.3 3.4, 3.5


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

6) 2/22 – 2/27

Sections  4.1, 4.1A, 4.1B, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4


Stress Concentrations
Flexure Derivation

7) 3/1 – 3/6

Sections  4.5, 4.7, 4.8, 4.9


Composite Beams
Stress Concentration
Planar Eccentricity

8) 3/8 – 3/20

Sections 5.1, 5.2, 5.3

Spring Break in here

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

    3/13 – 3/17


Catch Up and Stay Alive

9) 3/22 – 3/27

Sections 6.1, 6.1A, 6.1B, 6.1C, 6.3, 6.4


Beam Design
Shearing Stress in Beams

10) 3/29 – 4/3

Sections 7.1, 7.1A, 7.1B, 7.2

Stress Transformation I

11) 4/5 – 4/10

Sections 7.2, , 7.3, 7.47.6


Stress Transformation II
Mohr’s circle

12) 4/12 – 4/19

Sections 7.2, , 7.3, 7.47.6

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Q-DROP - 5:00 PM ???

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

13) 4/21 – 4/26

Sections 9.3, 9.4, 9.4A, 9.4B


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


14) 4/28 – 5/2

Sections 10.1, 10.1A, 10.1B, Final Review

Column Buckling



Final exams held in CE Room 110.

If you have 3 exams on the same day as our final, you can attend the other final listed here.


Final Exams:

Class 8-8:50 am
Final on
Thu 4th 10-12 am

Class 9:10-10:00 am
Final on
Fri 5th 8-10 am

 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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