CVEN 345-501 Syllabus
THEORY OF STRUCTURES (CRN 11034)
Fall 2015 - C.E. Room 110
MWF 11:30 am - 12:20 pm

PLEASE NOTE:  THE FOLLOWING SYLLABUS IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE, DEPENDING ON HOW QUICKLY WE CAN COVER THE MATERIAL.  PLEASE CHECK FOR CHANGES IN HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT DUE DATES BEFORE WORKING YOUR NEXT PROBLEMS.

NOTE ALSO THAT AS I CHANGE THE SYLLABUS, YOU WILL HAVE TO RELOAD IT, OR IT WILL GIVE YOU THE ONE YOU LOOKED AT LAST WEEK, FROM YOUR COMPUTER'S CACHE, I.E. THE OLD OUT-OF-DATE ONE.

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

Office: Old CE Building, Room 139C
Phone: 979-845-4395 (Office), 979-775-5401 (Home)
e-mail: Lowery@tamu.edu

Office Hours:

NOTE: Office hours listed below are suspended on the day before a major exam, giving me time to make it out.  Do not wait until the day before a major exam for help.  Please see the tutors if they have office hours on that day.

Some of my time is spent teaching CVEN 345 and CVEN 322. During the remaining hours I am a departmental adviser and have limited time for tutoring. Please plan on assistance either during my office hours, or see the TA in CE room 030 during their office hours.  Don't wait until just before class to get help or you likely won't get any.

Grader:  Email questions regarding homework grades only -  

HELP DESK - Tutoring will be done by 5 graduate students. They are located in the Old Civil Engineering Building Room 030.  Go down the stairs to the basement, turn right, it is the first door on your right.  All of them are capable of tutoring you in CVEN 345. Just ask whoever is there for help.  Click here for the TA help desk schedule, who will be covering each time slot and hours of operation.

Click here for their hours, which run from 8 AM to 7 PM except on Friday.

Textbook: The textbook is excellent - one of the best:  Kassimali, Structural Analysis. 5th Edition. CENGAGE Learning. 

Looking for a used textbook?

Structural Analysis:: Kassimali, Aslam

Note that the internet is a thieves paradise. If they won't show you the cover, check the ISBN number carefully.

5th edition 2014 

ISBN Number

  • 1133943896 (10 digit) or

  • 9781133943891 (13 digit)

Note that less inexpensive International Editions are often available, but they are sometimes in all SI units, whereas in the U.S. edition, all example problems and half of the homework problems are U.S. customary units.  For the 5th edition, I have found that an International edition is available the same as ours.

 

Texas A&M University Bookstore  Fill in the Department, Course, and section number
CampusBooks4Less.com - Turns out that their International edition last semester was identical to the U.S. edition that we are using.  I just bought it.  Cost ~ $43 new, paperback, no color.  Check the ISBN number carefully, and be ready to return it.  These can be a gamble.
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Catalog Description:

Theory of Structures. (3-0). Credit 3. Structural engineering—functions of structureS, design loads, reactions and force systems; analysis of statically determinate structures including beams, trusses and arches; energy methods of determining deflections of structures; influence lines and criteria for moving loads; analysis of statically indeterminate structures including continuous beams and frames. Prerequisites: CVEN 302 or registration therein; CVEN 305.

Course Objectives:

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

       (a) Ability to apply knowledge of basic mathematics, science, and engineering.

Course Prerequisites:

To take CVEN 345, you must have been admitted to upper level in Civil Engineering, have received a passing grade (no D's, F's or I's) in CVEN 305, and be registered or have already passed CVEN 302.

Course Assessment:

Syllabus Information:

Resources available to the student:

The correct time (to the nanosecond)

Course Schedule: Please note that the course syllabus will be revised throughout the semester. Please do not work any problems ahead of the date due. Some may be dropped, others that are better (in my opinion) may be substituted.

NOTE!  Homework problems have changed since you last looked at this list.  Please do not work your next problem set until you check for changes below.

Day Material covered Chapter Reading Assignment Daily Homework Problem Assignments
Each day's assignment is due the one week from the day assigned unless otherwise noted.  Textbook problems are worth 10 points each.  Special Problems (SP) are worth 20 pooints each.

Please refer to homework problems often.  Some may get delayed until we cover the material and the problem numbers and dates will change.

Note that web-linked homework problem numbers refer to hints, or some solutions.  SP = special problem.  Click on link.
Week 1

Aug 31
Class 1

 Introduction: Statically Determinate Reactions, Moment Diagrams. Chapters
1, 3, 4.1-4.2

Class Assignments
A1) 3.8, 3.9, 3.18, 3.34, SP1
 
Sept 2
Class 2
Statically Determinate Reactions, Moment Diagrams, Moment Equations 4.3-4.4 A2) 4.6, 4.12, 4.15, SP2
Sept 4
Class 3
 Analysis of Trusses - Method of Joints
Analysis of Trusses - Method of Sections
Chapters 4.5

A3) 4.31, 4.32, 4.33 SP3

Week 2
Sept 7
Class 4
 Analysis of Trusses - Method of Sections, Zero force members. Chapters 4.6

A4) 3.4, 4.38, 4.46 (members JK and DE only), 4.47 member IH only, SP4

 

Sept 9
Class 5
Beams and Frames – Shear and moment diagrams
Detailed procedures for drawing shear and moment diagrams
Chapters 4.9, 5.1-5.2 A5)  4.49 (only members DE, EK, ON), 5.35, 5.39
Due on Class 10
Sept 11
Class 6
Beams and Frames – Shear and moment diagrams - Writing equations for moments in beams

Interactive shear and moment diagram practice module
Chapters 5.3-5.4 A6) 4.3, 5.44, 5.51, 5.52
Due on Class 11
Week 3
Sept 14
Class 7
 
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Chapter 5.5 A7)  5.56, 5.57, 5.59
Due on Class 12
Sept 16
Class 8
" Chapters 5.6 A8) 5.65, 5.69, 5.70
Due on Class 13
Sept 18
Class 9
Deflections by Direct Integration Chapters 6.1-6.3 A9) 6.1, 6.5, 6.7
Due on Class 14
Week 4
Sept 21
Class 10
 Beams and Frames – Deflections by Work-Energy Chapter 7.1, 7.2 A10) 7.1, 7.3, 7.5
Due on Class 15
Sept 23
Class 11
" Chapter 7.3, 7.4 A11) 7.16, 7.20, 7.22
Due on Class 16
Sept 25
Class 12
" Chapter 7.5 A12) 7.23, 7.24
Use the volume integral tables or integration of mMdx/EI, whichever you like.
Due on Class 17
Week 5
Sept 28
Class 13
"
Volume Integrals
Chapter 7.5 A13) 7.26, 7.31, 7.36
Due on Class 18
Sept 30
Class 14
" A14) 7.38, 7.39
Due on Class 19
Oct 2
Class 15
Chapter 13.1 Chapter 13.1 A15) 7.45, 7.50
Due on Class 20
Week 6
Oct 5
Class 16
Introduction to solution to statically indeterminate structures using the flexibility method/consistent distortions. Chapter 13.1 A16) 13.1, 13.2
Due on Class 21
Oct 7
Class 17
" Chapter 13.2 A17) 13.10, (13.16 - Use Rb as the redundant)
Due on Class 22
Oct 9
Class 18
"   A18) Use the reactions listed below as the redundant reactions to solve the following problems:
(13.18 - use Rbh), (13.20 - use Rdh)
Due on class 23
Week 7
Oct 12
Class 19
Solution to statically indeterminate structures with multiple degrees of indeterminacy using consistent deformations - Flexibility Method  Chapter 13.3

 A19) Work (13.20 again - using Rdv), (13.26 - using Rch).
Due on Class 24

Oct 14
Class 20
" Chapter 13.3 A20) Work (13.26 again using Rcv), (13.27 - use Rcv), (13.27 again - use Rdv)
Due on Class 25
Oct 16
Class 21
Quiz A - held in our classroom during regular class hours.  Covers everything above through homework problem 7.16.  You will be getting that homework problem back on 10/12/15.   Exam is closed book. Bring calculator, paper and pencils.  You are also permitted to bring one 8.5" x 11" cheat sheet, hand written by you (no copies) on ONE SIDE, no example problems. Equations only.

You should also bring a copy of the Fundamentals of Engineering Reference Manual, Structural section only, unless you have memorized the wide flange tables.   No notes of any kind written on them.   Click here for a copy 
H
omework is still due today, if assigned, but I won't ask for it until our next class.  This makes no change in all other due dates.
Week 8
Oct 19
Class 22
Moving Loads,
Influence Lines for Structures
Read Chapters 8 and 9

READ:

How to construct and use influence lines

Highly recommended:
Interactive Practice with Influence Lines -
(Note that only a few of the ones on the top row are working, including the Help modules, but those are still quite useful.)

Muller-Breslau Principle, Use of Influence Lines

A21 (13.37 - use Rbv & Rcv), (13.43 - use Rav and Rah),
13.49 - use Rdv.
Due class 26

Oct 21
Class 23

INFLUENCE LINE GENERATION

HTML files:
Generating reaction influence lines
Generating shear influence lines
Generating moment influence lines

MP4 files:
Generating reaction influence lines
Generating shear influence lines
Generating moment influence lines

 

A22) 8.5, 8.10, 8.16, 8.20
Due class 27

Oct 23
Class 24
Use of influence lines to determine where to put live, dead, uniform, concentrated loads and compute maximum results. A23) 8.19, 8.21, 8.38, 8.47
Due class 28
Week 9
Oct 26
Class 25
Chapter 9: Use of influence lines for a series of wheel loads Chapter 9

A24) 9.4, 9.6, 9.21
Due class 29

Oct 28
Class 26
    A25) 8.49, 8.53
Due class 30
Oct 30
Class 27
  Chapter 14: Influence lines for statically indeterminate structures.     A26) 9.14, 9.23
Due class 31
Week 10
Nov 2
Class 28
    A27) 13.44, 14.15, 14.16
Due class 32
Nov 4
Class 29
Chapter 2: Loads on structures.  Wind Loads. Chapter 2 A28) 2.1, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 14.17
Due Class 33
Nov 6
Class 30
See: http://windspeed.atcouncil.org/ A29) 2.9, 2.12, 2.13, 14.18
Due class 34
Week 11
Nov 9
Class 31
Loads on structures.    
Nov 11
Class 32

Quiz B - held in our classroom during regular class hours.

Covers everything above covered in class through Chapter 7, plus Chapter 13, through problem 13.27.

Exam is closed book. Bring calculator, paper and pencils.  You are also permitted to bring one 8.5" x 11" cheat sheet, hand written by you (no copies) on TWO SIDES, no example problems. Equations only.

You should also bring a copy of the Fundamentals of Engineering Reference Manual, Structural section only, unless you have memorized the wide flange tables.   No notes of any kind written on them.   Click here for a copy 
Homework is still due today, if assigned, but I won't ask for it until our next class.  This makes no change in all other due dates.
Nov 13
Class 33

Loads on structures.
Approximate solutions to statically indeterminate structures. 

Chapter 12

A30) 12.3, 12.5, 14.19
Due class 36

Nov 16
Class 34

Chapter 12: Vertical loads, portal method A31) 12.6, 12.9, 14.20
Due class 37
Nov 18
Class 35
Flexibility methods vs. Stiffness Methods Chapter 15 A32) 15.1, 15.2,
Due Class 38
Nov 20
Class 36
LAST DAY TO Q-DROP
5:00 PM
Stiffness Methods - Slope Deflection A32) 15.17

Nov 23
Class 37

  A33) Get MASTAN2 and put it on your computer and tinker with it.
Due Class 39
Nov 25
No class
No Class - Reading Day Eat turkey, tinker with Mastan.  Solve a uniformly loaded cantilever beam.
Nov 27
No class
Thanksgiving Vacation Eat leftovers, tinker with Mastan.  Solve an eight story 4 bay building of your choice with 2 k/ft uniform loading.  Due Dec 25th, 2016.
 

Nov 30
Class 38

Mastan2
MASTAN Tutorial
Also see the tutorial that comes with the MASTAN2 program.
Also see:
Example problems
  A34) Set up and solve Example Problem 15.8 on text page 619 using MASTAN2 or any other structural analysis program with which you are familiar.  Create a report with your answers.
Hints here.
Due Class 40 (Friday)
Dec 2
Class 39
Mastan2
Mastan header sheets
   
Dec 4
Class 40
Mastan2   A35) Web problem A35.
Due Dec 7th, 2015 (Monday)
 

Dec 7
Class 41

Mastan 2  

 

Dec 9
Class 42
Mastan 2   A36) MASTAN influence line hand in during class
December 16th  Final Exam
Wednesday December 16th 
from 10:30 to 12:30 pm

H
eld in our classroom

CHECK THIS DATE FOR
ACCURACY HERE:

Final Exam Schedules
Final Exam - Exam is closed book. Bring only calculator, paper and pencils.  You are also 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 should also bring a copy of the Fundamentals of Engineering Reference Manual, Structural section only.   No notes of any kind on them.   Click here for a copy
You should also bring a copy of the MASTAN header sheets.
Exam covers everything in the course, with emphasis on the materials after Quiz B. Approximate target coverage:
20% Quiz A
30% Quiz B
50% after Quiz B
Pick up any old leftover homework outside of my office.

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