CVEN 345-300 Syllabus
Summer 2017 - C.E. Room 118
MWF 8:00 am - 9:10 am



FAQ: Quick answers to student questions

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

Office: CVLB Building (above the Pi*R2, Room 701C
Phone: 979-845-4395 (Office), 979-775-5401 (Home)

Office Hours:

NOTE: My office hours as listed here are suspended on days before a major exam, giving me time to make it out.  Please do not wait until the day before a major exam for help.  Plan to see me earlier in the week.

Grader:  TBA  

Teaching Associate:  None  

HELP DESK - None???  Have to see if they hired any.  During regular semesters when there are more students, tutoring is done by 5 graduate students located in the Old Civil Engineering Building Room 023.  Go down the stairs to the basement, turn left, it is down the hall on your right.  All of them are good in tutoring you the material 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.  Email me if they change this at

Click here for their hours (not yet posted for Summer 2017), which run from 8 AM to 7 PM except on Friday.

Textbook: The textbook is excellent:  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 - 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.

ORDER EARLY!  Here is where a text I bought has been.  Around the world in 30 days.

Bookstore or Internet?

Catalog Description:

Theory of Structures. (3-0). Credit 3. Structural engineering—functions of structures, design loads, reactions and force systems; analysis of statically determinate and indeterminate 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 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 problems very far ahead of the date due. Some may be dropped, others added that are better (in my opinion) may be substituted.

Day Material covered Chapter Reading Assignment Daily Homework Problem Assignments

Click here for homework requirements for this class

Each day's assignment is due as listed below, 7 days after assigned, if we meet that day.  All homework problems are worth 10 points 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 for the problem.
Week 1

May 31
Class 1

 Introduction: Statically Determinate Reactions, Moment Diagrams Chapters
1, 3, 4.1-4.3

Class Homework Assignments
Assignment 1) 3.8, 3.9, 3.18, 3.34

Due next Wednesday at 8:00 a.m.
June 2
Class 2
Moment Equations, Analysis of Trusses - Method of Joints. 4.4-4.5 Assignment 2) 4.6, 4.12, 4.15, SP1
Due next Friday at 8:00 a.m.
On all truss problems, give the units, box your final answers and state whether the members are in tension or compression.
Week 2
June 5
Class 3
 Analysis of Trusses - Method of Sections. Chapters 4.6 - 4.7

Assignment 3) 4.31, 4.32, 4.33, 4.38, 4.46 (members JK and DE only), SP2
Due next Monday at 8:00 a.m., etc.

June 7
Class 4
Zero force members.  Shear and bending moment diagrams in beams.  Equations for bending moment diagrams. Chapters 4.9, 5.1-5.2 A4) 3.4, 4.47 (member IH only), 4.49 (only members DE, EK, NO), 5.35, 5.39
Due 7 days from today
June 9
Class 5
 Shear and bending moment diagrams in frames.    Equations for bending moment diagrams. Chapters 5.3-5.4 A5) 4.3, 5.44, 5.51, SP3
Due 7 days from today, etc.
Week 3
June 12
Class 6
 Beams and Frames – Shear and moment diagrams

Detailed procedures for drawing shear and moment diagrams
Chapter 5.5 A6)  5.52, 5.56, 5.57, 5.59, SP4
Note on SP4 through SP8, there is a pin at A and a roller at G.
June 14
Class 7
Beams and Frames – Shear and moment diagrams
Interactive shear and moment diagram practice module
Chapters 5.6 A7) 5.65, 5.69, 5.70, SP5
June 16
Class 8
Deflections by Direct Integration Chapters 6.1-6.3 A8) 6.1, 6.5, 6.7, SP6
Week 4
June 19
Class 9
 Beams and Frames – Deflections by Work-Energy Chapter 7.1, 7.2 A9) 7.1, 7.3, 7.5, SP7
June 21
Class 10
" Chapter 7.3, 7.4 No homework to hand in on day of Quiz A.
June 23
Class 11
" Chapter 7.5 A10) 7.11, 7.16(see pg 281), 7.20, 7.22, SP8
Week 5
June 26
Class 12
Volume Integrals
Chapter 7.5 A11) 7.23, 7.24
For these 2 problems, use either the graphical method (volume integrals), or integral of mMdx/EI, whichever you prefer.
June 28
Class 13
Quiz A - held in our classroom during regular class hours.  Covers everything above through homework problem 6.7. 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 
June 30
Class 14
Chapter 13.1 Chapter 13.1 A12) 7.26, 7.31, 7.36
Week 6
July 5
Class 15
Introduction to solution to statically indeterminate structures using the flexibility method/consistent distortions. Chapter 13.1 A13) 7.38, 7.39, 7.45, 7.50
July 7
Class 16
" Chapter 13.2 A14) 13.1, 13.2, 13.10, [13.16-Use Rb as the redundant]
Week 7
July 10
Class 17
Solution to statically indeterminate structures with multiple degrees of indeterminacy using consistent deformations - Flexibility Method  Chapter 13.3

A15) Use reactions listed below as redundants on the following problems:
[13.18 - Use Rbh as the redundant reaction], [13.20 - Use Rdh as the redundant], [SP13.20 again using Rdv as the redundant reaction]

July 12
Class 18
Brief summary of use of MASTAN2

Video of Use of Mastan2:
1) Open an existing file
2) Generate nodes
3) Define and attach elements and properties
4) Add loads, supports.  Run program and generate reports

MASTAN2 header sheets for exams
Chapter 13.3 A16) On A16, solve for redundant reactions only.  Final member forces not required.
13.26 - Use Rch as the redundant], [13.27 - Use Rcv as the redundant], [13.27 again - Use Rdv as the redundant],
SP20 (Run MASTAN2)
July 14
Class 19


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

Chapter 13.3 A17)  [13.37 - Use Rbv & Rcv as the redundants], [13.43 - Use Rav and Rah as the redundants], 13.49 pg. 557 with figure on pg. 552.
Week 8
July 17
Class 20

Read Chapters 8 and 9


How to construct and use influence lines

Notes:  The first influence lines are to be generated by statics.  All later influence lines can be worked by statics or by Mueller-Breslau if it is to your advantage.

All numeric values are required on all influence lines for statically determinate structures unless otherwise noted. Numeric values on statically indeterminate structures are not required - only the general shape of the influence line. 

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 to learning how to work them.)

Muller-Breslau Principle, Use of Influence Lines.

No homework due to hand in on the day of Quiz B.

July 19
Class 21
Moving Loads,
Influence Lines for Structures

Use of influence lines to determine where to put live, dead, uniform, concentrated loads and compute maximum results. 
Examples 1

Examples 2
  A18) 8.5, 8.10, 8.16, 8.20, SP9 - Omit
July 21
Class 22

Use of influence lines for series of wheel loads.  Indiana truck loads specs.


  A19) 8.19, 8.21, 8.38, SP10
Week 9
July 24
Class 23

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.


A20) 9.4, 9.6, 9.21, SP13

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 Structural Section of the Fundamentals of Engineering Reference Manual, unless you have memorized the wide flange tables.   No notes of any kind written on them.   Click here for a copy 

July 26
Class 24
Chapter 14: Influence lines for statically indeterminate structures.  Closure on use of influence lines. Chapter 9 A21) 12.2, 12.6, 12.9, SP13.1(solve 13.1 again using MASTAN),  14.1*, 14.15*, 14.19*
*SHAPE of influence line ONLY! NO VALUES required.
July 28
Class 25
Chapter 2: Loads on structures.  Wind Loads.

Wind Load Procedure
Chapter 2  A22) 2.3, 2.4, 2.5
Week 10
July 31
Class 26
Stiffness Methods Chapter 8.1-8.2 A23) 2.9, 2.12, 2.13
August 2
Class 27
Stiffness Methods    
August 4
Class 28

Chapter 12: Approximate solutions to statically indeterminate structures. Solutions for vertical loads. Horizontal loads - Portal Method. 

Week 11
August 7
Class 29


August 8 Final Exam
Tuesday August 8th
8:00 am to 10:00 am

eld in our classroom


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 and procedures only.  Exam covers everything in the course.
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
Pick up any old leftover homework on the last day of class.

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