Civil Engineering – Part 1
“Engineering is the art of modeling materials we do not wholly understand, into shapes we cannot precisely analyse so as to withstand forces we cannot properly assess, in such a way that the public has no reason to suspect the extent of our ignorance.”
–Dr. A. R. Dykes, British Institution of Structural Engineers, 1976
Date 
Topics 
Assignments 
M 1/27 
Distinguish
structures from mechanisms Distinguish mass,
frame (plane and space), and shell structures; find examples of each Refresher:
metric prefixes, engineering notation Refresher:
forces as vectors, components & resultants 
Glossary
Entry due Wed 8PM Question
Bank Entry due Wed 8PM CE1: Vectors + Ckpt CE1 due tomorrow start of class 
T 1/28 
Use basic formulas
in Excel 

W 1/29 A Th 1/30 F 
Review Forces Use the Method of
Joints to analyze forces on pinned structures 
Gordon: Structures reading 
Th 1/30 A F 1/31 F 
Work day Finish Excel Lab Use Method of
Joints in Excel 

F 1/31 A M 2/3 F 
Work day 
Salvadori  Loads
reading 
M 2/3 A T 2/4 F 
Review Structures
readings Practice Estimating 

M 2/3 A T 2/4 F 
Review Structures
readings Introduce Bridge IFB ; see also Bridge drawings Practice Estimating 

T 2/4 A 
Review CE3 MoJ Describe tensile
strength of materials Contrast
compression and buckling failures on struts Compute lever arm
forces for structural testing Review Structural testing form Work on bridge bids 

W 2/5 
Snow
Day 

Th 2/6 A 
Bidder’s conference
Work
on bridge bids 

Th 2/6 F 
Review CE3 MoJ Describe tensile
strength of materials Contrast
compression and buckling failures on struts Compute lever arm
forces for structural testing Review Structural testing form Work on bridge bids 

F 2/7 
Bidder’s conference
(F) Review Loads
reading Use MoJ on Pratt Truss Method of Joints for Pratt Truss Work on bridge bids 

M 2/10 A T 2/11 F 
Compute lever arm /
moment forces for asymmetric bridge loading Work on CE4 

T 2/11 A W 2/12 F 
Finish CE4 

W 2/12 A M 2/24 F 
Compute load
capacity Apply safety
factors 

Th 2/13 
Review CE4 Review Salvadori Materials Review for Quiz 

F
2/14 
Quiz on
Structures, Loads & Method of Joints 


Enjoy your break!! 

M 2/24 – M 3/3 
Work on Model
Bridge! Progress Report due Friday 2/27 3PM (thru
Thursday) 
Second chance: Salvadori:
Materials Question Bank Gordon: Stress & Strain (due Wed 3/5) 
T 3/4 
Bridge Testing! Final Progress report due 3PM 

W 3/5 
Finish testing (A) Review PPR, safety
factors Work on PPRs 

Th 3/6 F 
Work on PPRs In lieu of snow day 

More Resources for this Unit…
Tacoma Narrows – the latest explanation
Citicorp Center crisis – focused on the
engineer who designed it
Super Tall Buildings  the latest on milehigh buildings, wind loads, concrete vs. steel, and more; from Popular Science