441 Course Description


Number & Title of Course : APRL 441/541 Structures I, 3 credits.

Course Description

This course provides the basics of statics and strength of materials including Structural patterns,

Horizontal Spanning Systems, Load tracing, Vectors, reactions, force components, support types, moments, rigid body static state, free body diagrams, summing forces, moments in beams and rigid frames, truss analysis by method of joints and method of sections, diagonal tension counters; pin connected frames; simple stress/simple strain; shear and moment diagrams; deflection by formula; neutral axis, moment of inertia, section modulus; beam design for shear, flexure and deflection; column design for axial loads, slenderness ratio, effective length, buckling load.

Course Goals & Objectives:

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to demonstrate competency in the following areas:

Ability to identify basic structural systems and know how they perform

Ability to analyze simple structures through the use of statics

Understand load transfer through structural members

Understand the use of natural and physical models to stimulate structural concepts

Student Performance Criteria addressed:

B.9. Structural Systems

Topical Outline:

Statics and Strength of Materials: 100%


Calculus 1, Physics 1

Textbooks/Learning Resources:

Onouye and Kane. Statics and Strength of Materials for Architecture and Building Construction , Prentice

Hall, 3rd ed, ISBN: 978-0-131-18583-8

Ching, Onouye and Zuberbuhler. Building Structures Illustrated: Patterns, Systems and Design , Wiley,

ISBN: 978-0-470-18785-2


Fall, Summer annually

Faculty Assigned:

Hollee Hitchcock Becker (F/T)