CVEN 345-502 Syllabus
Fall 2017 - C.E. Room 118
TR 8:00 am - 9:15 am

PLEASE NOTE:  Please check for changes in homework assignment due dates before working your next problems.  They sometimes change.


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 the tutors, or me earlier in the week.

Teaching Associates:  See list on Help Desk: 

HELP DESK HOURS - FALL 2017  In the old pi R^2 room, ground floor of the Dwight Look building (formerly the CE/TTI 8 story building).  Has sign on desk: Help Desk CVEN Mechanics.  They run a full-blown help desk for our class.  

Textbook: The textbook is excellent:  Kassimali, Structural Analysis. 5th Edition. CENGAGE Learning. 

Looking for a used textbook?

Structural Analysis:: Kassimali, Aslam


5th edition 2014 
ISBN Number

  • 1133943896 (10 digit) or

  • 9781133943891 (13 digit)

Note that less expensive 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, except sometimes the homework problem numbers are changed.


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.
DealOz <- best chance of getting an international edition

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 for 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 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 solutions.  SP = special problem.  Click on link for the problem.

Aug 29
Class 1

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

Class Homework Assignments
[Note that India International Textbook homework problem numbers are in brackets.]

A1) 3.8, 3.9[3.11],
3.18[3.15], 3.34[3.26]

Due Sept 7th at beginning of class.
Aug 31
Moment Equations, Analysis of Trusses - Method of Joints. 4.4-4.5 A2) 4.6[4.6], 4.12[4.22], 4.15[4.17], SP1
Due Sept 12th 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.

Sep 5
 Analysis of Trusses - Method of Sections. Chapters 4.6 - 4.7

A3) 4.31[4.31], 4.32[4.33], 4.33[4.34] , 4.38[4.42], 4.46[4.47] (members JK and DE only), SP2
Due Sept 14th at 8:00 a.m.

Sep 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[3.2], 4.47[4.46] (member IH only), 4.49[4.50] (only members DE, EK, NO), 5.35[5.51], 5.39
Also due Sept 14th at 8:00 a.m.
Sep 12
Class 5
 Shear and bending moment diagrams in frames.    Equations for bending moment diagrams. Chapters 5.3-5.4 A5) 4.3[4.5], 5.44[5.31], 5.51[5.35], SP3
Due Sept 19th at 8:00 a.m.
Sep 14
Class 6
 Beams and Frames – Shear and moment diagrams

Detailed procedures for drawing shear and moment diagrams
Chapter 5.5 A6)  5.52[5.54], 5.56[5.55], 5.57[5.64], 5.59[5.60], SP4
Note on SP4 through SP8, there is a pin at A and a roller at G.
Due Sept 21st at 8:00 a.m.
Sep 19
Class 7
Beams and Frames – Shear and moment diagrams
Interactive shear and moment diagram practice module
Chapters 5.6 A7) 5.65[5.70], 5.69[5.61], 5.70[5.65], SP5
From now on all problems due 7 days from date assigned.
Sep 21
Class 8
Deflections by Direct Integration Chapters 6.1-6.3 A8) 6.1[6.4], 6.5[6.3], 6.7[6.8], SP6
Sep 26
Class 9
 Beams and Frames – Deflections by Work-Energy Chapter 7.1, 7.2 A9) 7.1[7.1], 7.3[7.3], 7.5[7.5], SP7
Sep 28
Class 10
" Chapter 7.3, 7.4 No homework assigned for  today.
to hand in on day of Quiz A
Oct 3
Class 11
" Chapter 7.5 A10) 7.11, 7.16, 7.20, 7.22, SP8
Due date is still Oct 10th.  However, rather than delay starting Quiz A, please hang onto it  and hand it in with the assignment due on Oct. 12.
Oct 5
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,
SP9 Omit
Oct 10
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 
Oct 12
Class 14
Chapter 13.1 Chapter 13.1 A12) 7.26, 7.31, 7.36
Oct 17
Class 15
Introduction to solution for statically indeterminate structures using flexibility method/consistent distortions. Chapter 13.1 A13) 7.38, 7.39, 7.45, 7.50
Oct 19
Class 16
" Chapter 13.2 A14) 13.1, 13.2, 13.10, (13.16-Use Rb as the redundant)
Oct 24
Class 17
Statically indeterminate structures with multiple degrees of indeterminacy using consistent distortions - Flexibility Method  Chapter 13.3

A15) Use reactions listed below as redundants on the following problems:
(13.18 - Use Rbh), (13.20 - Use Rdh), (13.20a Solve 13.20 again using Rdv)

Oct 26
Class 18
See how to use MASTAN2 - Video
Get the MASTAN2 program here
Chapter 13.3 A16) (13.26 - use Rch), (13.27 - use Rcv), (13.27a Solve 13.27 again using Rdv)
Oct 31
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), (13.43 - use Rav and Rah), 13.49
Nov 2
Class 20

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

No homework today

Nov 7
Class 21
Moving Loads,
Influence Lines for Structures
  A18) 8.5, 8.10, 8.16, 8.20, SP9
This assignment is due 7 days from today.  However, since we will be taking a quiz that day, please hang onto it and hand it in with assignment A19.
Nov 9
Class 22
Use of influence lines to determine where to put live, dead, uniform, concentrated loads and compute maximum results. 

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 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 shape of the influence diagram. 

  A19) 8.19, 8.21, 8.38, SP10
Nov 14
Class 23

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

Covers everything above covered in class through Chapter 7, plus Chapter 13, problem 13.20.


A20) 9.4, 9.6

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 

Nov 16
Class 24
Use of influence lines for series of wheel loads.  Chapter 14: Influence lines for statically indeterminate structures.  Closure on use of influence lines. Chapter 9 A21) 9.21, 12.2, 12.6, 12.9, SP13.1 
Nov 21
Class 25
Chapter 2: Loads on structures.  Wind Loads.
Chapter 2 A22) 14.1*, 14.15*, 14.19*, SP5
*Shapes of diagrams only! NO values.
Nov 28
Class 26
Approximate solutions to statically indeterminate structures. 
Vertical loads, Portal Method
Chapter 12 A23) 2.3[2.1], 2.4[2.2], 2.5[2.7]
Nov 30
Class 27
Stiffness methods Chapter 15  A24) 2.9[2.10], 2.12[2.12], 2.13[2.15] Due December 5th.
Dec 5
Class 28

Stiffness methods

  Final Exam

eld in our classroom

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.  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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