Ch 7: Basics of Structural Engineering

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Use this convenient engineering chapter to study basic structural engineering concepts. The chapter has short lessons and practice quizzes that can help you finish your homework, supplement your engineering textbooks, study for exams and bring up your grades.

Basics of Structural Engineering - Chapter Summary

The informative and engaging lessons in this chapter will show you the fundamental concepts of structural engineering. Our expert instructors walk you though several structural engineering concepts, such as balance, connections, stability and structures. As you move through the chapter, try taking the included lesson quizzes to see how well you understand these engineering concepts. You can reach out our instructors at any time if you have any questions and access the chapter material using any computer, smartphone or tablet. After finishing these lessons, you should be able to:

  • Compare static and dynamic balance
  • Understand the difference between flexible and rigid connections
  • Write the center of buoyancy formula
  • Comprehend statically determinate and indeterminate calculations
  • Assess the use of trusses and beams on statically determinate and indeterminate structures
  • Explain longitudinal, lateral and directional stability
  • Differentiate between static and dynamic stability

7 Lessons in Chapter 7: Basics of Structural Engineering
Static Balance: Definition & Examples

1. Static Balance: Definition & Examples

Statics is the analysis and study of objects in equilibrium, from bicycles to skyscrapers. The ability to balance all forces is very important to the stability of our world. When static balances fail, it can cause a structural collapse and catastrophe!

Center of Buoyancy: Definition & Formula

2. Center of Buoyancy: Definition & Formula

The center of buoyancy is where the buoyant force, or the upward force, that is caused by a displaced fluid acts. This lesson will look at what causes the buoyant force as well as how to compute the center of buoyancy.

Statically Determinate: Definition, Equation & Examples

3. Statically Determinate: Definition, Equation & Examples

In this lesson, we are going to learn about two categories of structure; one can be analyzed using statics, and the other cannot be analyzed using statics only. We are going to learn about statically determinate structures, and we will give equations and examples for them.

Statically Indeterminate: Definition, Calculation & Examples

4. Statically Indeterminate: Definition, Calculation & Examples

In this lesson, we'll learn about statically indeterminate structures, their degrees of indeterminacy, their types, and the methods to analyze such structures. We're also going to look at an example.

Statically Determinate & Indeterminate Structures: Trusses & Beams

5. Statically Determinate & Indeterminate Structures: Trusses & Beams

In this lesson, you are going to learn about statically determinate and statically indeterminate structures and discover how to calculate the degree of indeterminacy. We'll explore beams and trusses as examples.

Settling Basin: Definition & Design

6. Settling Basin: Definition & Design

In this lesson, you will learn what a settling basin is, its different parts, and what it is used for. You'll also get an understanding of what goes into the design of a settling basin.

Erie Canal: Construction & Completion

7. Erie Canal: Construction & Completion

This lesson is going to go over the construction and completion of the Erie Canal. You'll also learn how it has changed after its original completion in the 19th century.

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