THEORY OF STRUCTURES (CRN 10121)
Summer 2017 – C.E. Room 118
MWF 8:00 am – 9:10 am
PLEASE NOTE: THE 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 THE SYLLABUS CHANGES (AND IT ALWAYS DOES), YOU WILL HAVE TO RELOAD IT, OR IT WILL GO TO YOUR COMPUTER’S CACHE AND GIVE YOU THE ONE YOU LOOKED AT LAST WEEK , 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 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 Lowery@tamu.edu.
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?
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. (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 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 assignments, Readiness Assessment Tests (RATs), Class Participation, Attendance, Projects (all of equal value) = 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
 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
 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 Spring 2016 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 <— Log onto ecampus – your 345 class. Old password files removed
 EES (Engineering Equation Solver) What it is, how to get it, video example on using it, user’s manual, short tutorial
 Past probabilities of making what grade in Lowery’s 345 class after Quiz A and after Quiz B
 QDrop deadline information
 Video examples/Flipped classes – Structures problems
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 weblinked 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, 4.14.3 
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.  4.44.5  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, 5.15.2  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 5.35.4  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 
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 
Chapters 5.6  A7) 5.65, 5.69, 5.70, SP5 
June 16 Class 8 
Deflections by Direct Integration  Chapters 6.16.3  A8) 6.1, 6.5, 6.7, SP6 
Week 4 

June 19 Class 9 
Beams and Frames – Deflections by WorkEnergy  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 
Review 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, [13.16Use 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: 
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 
GENERATION OF INFLUENCE LINES MP4 files: 
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 9READ: 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 MuellerBreslau 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: MullerBreslau 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 StructuresUse 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. See http://windspeed.atcouncil.org/Wind Load Procedure 
Chapter 2  A22) 2.3, 2.4, 2.5 
Week 10 

July 31 Class 26 
Stiffness Methods  Chapter 8.18.2  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 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 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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