4.440 Basic Structural Theory

As taught in: Spring 2003




Prof. John Ochsendorf

Centre Pompidou.
The structure of the Centre Pompidou, Paris.  (Image courtesy Keith McCluskey, © opifice.com.)

Course Features

Course Highlights

This introductory building technology course contains a wide-ranging sample of lecture notes, as well as a complete set of assignments.  The final exam and final design project for the term are presented as well.

Course Description

This course introduces the static behavior of structures and strength of materials. Topics covered include: reactions, truss analysis, stability of structures, stress and strain at a point, shear and bending moment diagrams, stresses in beams, Mohr's Circle, column buckling, and deflection of beams. Laboratory sessions are included where students are asked to solve structural problems by building simple models and testing them.
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