Mechanics of Materials
Spring 2018a – HEB(Old C.E.) Room 219
MW 4:10pm – 5:25pm CRN:22395
Professor: Lee L. Lowery, Jr., PhD, P.E.
Office: CVLB Building, Room 705c
Phone: 979-845-4395 (Office), 979-775-5401 (Home)
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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.
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Teaching Associates: See list on Help Desk:
HELP DESK HOURS – Spring 2018 It will be held from ~8 to 5 in the old πR2 dining room, first floor of the 8 story Dwight Look Office Building (formerly the CE/TTI building). Has a sign on the desk: Help Desk CVEN Mechanics. They run a full-blown help desk for our class.
Textbook: It would be best that you not get a text until you attend class the first day.
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.
- Beer, Ferdinand P., E. Russell Johnston, Jr., John T. DeWolf, and David F. Mazurek. Mechanics of Materials. 7th Edition. McGraw-Hill.
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).
- To introduce students to applications of stress and deformation relationships for structural members subjected to axial, torsional, and bending loads, and thin-walled pressure vessels. Students will study stress and deformation of structural members under combined loadings, stability of columns, nonsymmetrical bending, including indeterminate members.
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.
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, MEEN 221, or equivalent, and completed MATH 251.
Lecture: MW 4:10 to 5:25 in HEB Room 219
Instructor Information: Lee L. Lowery, Jr., PhD, P.E.
Textbook: Electronic Version as discussed later of Beer, Ferdinand P., E. Russell Johnston, Jr., John T. DeWolf, and David F. Mazurek. 2015. Mechanics of Materials. Seventh Edition. McGraw-Hill.
- Graded weekly exams: Weekly quizzes 1 through at least 10, or more, depending on how many we can fit into the semester. They are worth 60% of your final grade.
- Computer graded homework assignments, Readiness Assessment Tests (RATs, in-class pop tests if any), 10% of your final grade.
- Final exam: 30% of your final grade.
- Standard cutoff points: A >= 90.000, B >= 80.000, C >= 70.000, D >= 60.000, F = lower than 60.000. These are guaranteed letter grades should you get them.
- Format for Exams and Quizzes
- Where to get help for 305
- Grading – Quizzes and homework may be graded using Beason’s Qualitative Grading Rubric.
- Major Exams
- Final exam schedule for this and other classes (for Spring 2018 only!)
- University Academic Calendar Summer 2018 and many others. Be sure you are on the correct year/semester.
- How to study for the final exam
- Make-up exams
- Academic Dishonesty Policy
- How to submit late assignments that are excused from being counted as late
- What materials will be covered on all exams in this class
- Finally, click here!
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Resources available to the student:
- Breaking news – FAQ
- Instructor of record: Dr. Lee L. Lowery, Jr.
- Course coordinator: Dr. Michael Brackin
- TA Help Desk Schedule
- Tutor and grader contacts for 2019a – How to correct a missing or incorrect homework grade
- Help with logging into the McGraw Hill website, or any other problems
- How to join a WebEx meeting with Lowery
- Use of eCampus in this class
- Computer software (Excel, EES)
- EES (Engineering Equation Solver) What it is, how to get it, video example on using it, user’s manual, short tutorial
- Computers in the Civil Engineering Computer Labs
- Solutions to old exams and this semester’s exams
- Lecture videos and notes made by Dr. Beason that you must view. Password = Videos (case sensitive). These are what you view before coming to our class. NOTE: YOU WILL GET TRAPPED HERE AND HAVE TO START OVER ONCE YOU CLICK ON THIS LINK. You cannot get back here. You have to go back to the syllabus. Sorry. Not my programming.
- Lab/Class videos and notes made during our lectures and posted this semester*****
- Lab/Class videos and notes posted last semester****
- Please note: Use of videos
- HELP DESK HOURS – Spring 2018 Held in the lobby of DLEB (former CE/TTI building where PR^2 used to be located). Has a sign on the desk: Help Desk CVEN Mechanics or something to that effect.
- Chances of making what grade in Lowery’s 305 class after 10 weekly quizzes
- Some good videos on plane stress, principal stresses, Mohr’s circle, failure theories, pressure vessels
- Check Q-drop date on University Academic Calendar here
- Typical point deductions you can expect on exams and pop quizzes
- FAQ: Quick answers to student questions
- Class seating Chart (later)
- Video examples – Strength of materials problems and some by Dr. Beason****
- Answers to all questions after administration of final exams
- Equation sheets – Print this out and bring it on Wednesdays, and for the final exam. Note that I put everything you asked for on this sheet for the exams. If something is missing that you think you will need, please ask that it be added.*****
The correct time (to the nanosecond)
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 equations sheet attached here.****
Notes on your Homework:
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 http://www.michaelsbrackin.com/cven305/. The password is “videos” and is case sensitive. 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 them. I am told Chrome also works. IE may work for you if Flash works on your computer. If you install Flash BE SURE to unclick their “Optional Offer” trash before installing it.
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