ARC 453 / 553: Structures II

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This is the second course in the Structures sequence. We will begin the semester by learning what types of loads are applied to our structures by using Building Code prescribed loading criteria such as Dead, Live, Wind, Snow and Seismic Loadings. The course will then move to develop an understanding of how these applied loads are resisted in structures using various materials such as wood, structural steel, reinforced concrete and Masonry. 

The student will learn the properties and common uses of these materials and will be able to make reasonable estimates of various member sizes for preliminary design. Lateral bracing systems and floor framing systems will be presented and the relative merits of each will be discussed.