THEORY OF STRUCTURES (CRN 10979)
Fall 2016 – C.E. Room 110
MWF 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
PLEASE NOTE: THE FOLLOWING SYLLABUS IS LAST SPRING’S AND HAS TO HAVE THE DATES CHANGED, AS WELL AS OTHER CORRECTIONS. CHANGES WILL ALSO HAVE TO BE MADE DEPENDING ON HOW QUICKLY WE CAN COVER THE ASSIGNED MATERIAL. PLEASE CHECK FOR CHANGES IN THE ASSIGNMENT DUE DATES BEFORE WORKING YOUR NEXT HOMEWORK PROBLEMS.
THE FOLLOWING SYLLABUS IS HERE EARLY JUST TO LET YOU KNOW WHAT TEXT WE WILL BE USING, THE APPROXIMATE QUIZ DATES, ETC. 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 OUTOFDATE ONE.
FAQ: Quick answers to student questions
Professor: Lee L. Lowery, Jr., PhD, P.E.
Office: CVLB Building (above the Pi*R^{2}, Room 701C
Phone: 9798454395 (Office), 9797755401 (Home)
email: Lowery@tamu.edu
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.
Grader: Email questions regarding homework grades only –
Teaching Associate:
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 (not yet posted for Spring 2016), 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?
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 
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. 
Campusbooks.com 
DealOz 
Amazon.com 
Allbookstores.com 
TextbooksRush.com 
AbeBooks.com < best chance of getting an international edition 
Half.com 
Textbooks.com 
Catalog Description:
Theory of Structures. (30). 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:
 To introduce students to the general behavior of statically determinate and indeterminate structures and determination of forces therein. Construction of influence lines. Determination of load and load placement on structures. Use of available computer programs for analyzing statically indeterminate structures.
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:
 Graded major exams (Quiz A, Quiz B, Final Exam = 3 @ 30% each) for 90% of final grade.
 Graded homework problems & Readiness Assessment Tests (RATs) (10 points each per problem/RAT unless otherwise noted) = 10% of final grade.
Syllabus Information:
 Homework
 General Information Regarding Format for Exams, Quizzes, and Homework
 Where to get help for 345 (not in summer)
 Grading – All homework and quizzes will be graded using Beason’s Qualitative Grading Rubric.
 Major exams
 Makeup exams
 Attendance
 Illness
 Academic Dishonesty Policy
 Finally, click here!
Resources available to the student:
 Instructor of record: Dr. Lee L. Lowery, Jr.
 TA Help Desk Schedule
 Teaching associate: Jacob Page – jacob.page@tamu.edu
 CE 345 File Server/Grades Server <— CLICK HERE FIRST
 Computer software (Visual Analysis, Mastan2, RISA2D, Excel, EES)
 RISA2D – Educational (limited) copy of commercial structural analysis program
 MASTAN2 – Free structural analysis program – an excellent little program. Use the NONMATLAB version, even if you have MATLAB on your computer.
 Using MASTAN in the Open Access Labs and Online
 Computers in the Civil Engineering Computer Labs
 Old Exams including those from this semester after being graded
 Class lecture videos and notes posted during this semester
 Class video of lectures and notes posted during the previous semester.
 Please note: Use of videos.
 Class video of lectures and notes posted during the Fall 2013 semester
 Tutoring and Student use of the solution manual
 Access to the Civil Engineering Apps Server
 First few homework problems, until your textbook comes in <————————— Good for the 5th edition text.
 EES (Engineering Equation Solver) What it is, how to get it, video example on using it, user’s manual, short tutorial
 Chances of making what grade in Lowery’s 345 class after Quiz A and after Quiz B
 Video examples/Flipped classes – Structures problems
 HELP DESK HOURS – FALL 2016
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.
Day  Material covered  Chapter Reading Assignment  Daily Homework Problem Assignments Each day’s assignment is due as listed below. Textbook problems are worth 10 points each. Special Problems (SP) are worth 20 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 weblinked homework problem numbers refer to hints, or some solutions. SP = special problem. Click on link. 
Aug 29 Class 1 
Introduction: Statically Determinate Reactions, Moment Diagrams.  Chapters 1, 3, 4.14.2 
Class Assignments A1) 3.8, 3.9, 3.18, 3.34, SP1 A1 International version) 3.9, 3.12, 3.16, 3.27, SP1 Due on Class 4 
Aug31 Class 2 
Statically Determinate Reactions, Moment Diagrams, Moment Equations  4.34.4  A2) 4.6, 4.12, 4.15, SP2 A2 IV) 4.7, 4.23, 4.18, SP2 Due on Class 5 
Sep 2 Class 3 
Analysis of Trusses – Method of Joints Analysis of Trusses – Method of Sections 
Chapters 4.5 
A3) 4.31, 4.32, 4.33 A3 IV) 4.31, 4.33, Due on Class 6 
Sep 5 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, SP3 Due on Class 7 
Sep 7 Class 5 
Beams and Frames – Shear and moment diagrams Detailed procedures for drawing shear and moment diagrams 
Chapters 4.9, 5.15.2  A5) 4.49 (only members DE, EK, ON), 5.35, 5.39 Due on Class 8 
Sep 9 Class 6 
Beams and Frames – Shear and moment diagrams – Writing equations for moments in beams TRY THIS: 
Chapters 5.35.4  A6) 4.3, 5.44, 5.51, 5.52, SP4 Due on Class 9 
Sep 12 Class 7 
“  Chapter 5.5  A7) 5.56, 5.57, 5.59 Due on Class 10 
Sep 14 Class 8 
“  Chapters 5.6  A8) 5.65, 5.69, 5.70, SP5 Due on Class 13 
Sep 16 Class 9 
Deflections by Direct Integration  Chapters 6.16.3  A9) 6.1, 6.5, 6.7 Due on Class 12 
Sep 19 Class 10 
Beams and Frames – Deflections by WorkEnergy  Chapter 7.1, 7.2  A10) 7.1, 7.3, 7.5 Due on Class 13 
Sep 21 Class 11 
“  Chapter 7.3, 7.4  A11) 7.16, 7.20, 7.22 Due on Class 14 
Sep 23 Class 12 
“  Chapter 7.5  A12) 7.23, 7.24 Use the volume integral tables or integration of mMdx/EI, whichever you like after Problem 7.23. Due on Class 15 
Sep 26 Class 13 
” Volume Integrals 
Chapter 7.5  A13) 7.26, 7.31, 7.36 Due on Class 16 
Sep 28 Class 14 
“  A14) 7.38, 7.39 Due on Class 17 

Sep 30 Class 15 
Chapter 13.1  Chapter 13.1  A15) 7.45, 7.50 Due on Class 18 
Oct 3 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 19 
Oct 5 Class 17 
“  Chapter 13.2  A17) 13.10, (13.16 – Use Rb as the redundant) Due on Class 20 
Oct 7 Class 18 
“  A18) Use the reactions listed below as the redundant reactions to solve the following problems: (13.18 – using Rbh), (13.20 – using Rdh) Due on class 22. Save it to Class 22 because of Quiz A 

Oct 10 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 22 
Oct 12 Class 20 
“  Chapter 13.3  A20) Work (13.26 again using Rcv), (13.27 – using Rcv), (13.27 again – using Rdv) Due on Class 23 
Oct 14 Class 21 
Quiz A – held in our classroom during regular class hours. Covers everything through Class 17 
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 17 Class 22 
Moving Loads, Influence Lines for Structures Read Chapters 8 and 9READ:How to construct and use influence linesHighly 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.) MullerBreslau Principle, Use of Influence Lines 
A21 (13.37 – using Rbv & Rcv), (13.43 – using Rav and Rah), 13.49 – using Rdv. Due class 25 

Oct 19 Class 23 
INFLUENCE LINE GENERATION HTML files: MP4 files: 
A22) 8.5, 8.10, 8.16, 8.20 Due class 26 

Oct 21 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 27 

Oct 24 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 28 
Oct 26 Class 26 
A25) 8.49, 8.53 Due class 29 

Oct 28 Class 27 
Chapter 14: Influence lines for statically indeterminate structures.  A26) 9.14, 9.23 Due class 30 

Oct 31 Class 28 
A27) 13.44, 14.15, 14.16 Due class 31 

Nov 2 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. Save it to class 33 because of Quiz B 
Nov 4 Class 30 
See: http://windspeed.atcouncil.org/  A29) 2.9, 2.12, 2.13, 14.18 Due class 33 

Nov 7 Class 31 
Loads on structures.  
Nov 9 Class 32 
Quiz B – held in our classroom during regular class hours. Covers everything covered in class, through class # 27. See class notes for exactly what we have covered. 
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 

Nov 11 Class 33 
Loads on structures. Approximate solutions to statically indeterminate structures. 
Chapter 12  A30) 12.3, 12.5, 14.19 Due class 36 
Nov 14 Class 34 Mon 
Chapter 12: Vertical loads, portal method  A31) 12.6, 12.9, 14.20 Due class 37 

Nov 16 Class 35 
Flexibility methods vs. Stiffness Methods  Chapter 15  A32) 15.1, 15.2 Due Class 38 
Nov 18 Class 36 
Stiffness Methods – Slope Deflection  A32) 15.17 Due Class 39 

Nov 21 Class 37 Mon 
Sign Convention – page 584 – Kassimali Why do we need 2 additional statics equations in Kassimali example 15.12 with joint deflections, but not in example 15.6 which also has joint deflections? 
A33) Get MASTAN2 and put it on your computer and tinker with it. See some hints at installation here. Download the NONMATLAB version. It has a better chance of running.Due Class 40 

Nov 28 Class 38 Mon 
Mastan2 See the tutorial that comes with the MASTAN2 program. Also see: Example MASTAN problem 
A34) Set up and solve Example Problem 15.8 on text page 619 using MASTAN2. NOTE! Click here for instructions. Due Class 41 

Nov 30 Class 39 
Mastan2 Mastan header sheets 

Dec 2 Class 40 
Mastan2  A35) Web problem A35. Due Class 41 

Dec 5 Class 41 Mon 
Mastan 2  A36) MASTAN influence line hand in during class Not due 

Dec 7 Class 42 
Mastan 2  
Dec 14th  Final Exam Wednesday December 14th from 10:30 to 12:30 pm Held 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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