Welcome to the course site for Mechanics of Building Materials (BCT 530) and Tectonics II (Arch-Des 650) at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Contained within this site under Labs is the co-requisite course Problem Solving in Building Mechanics (BCT597BM).
Mechanics of Building Materials for Construction is a hands-on course that enables students to estimate forces and stresses in building materials as a precursor for structural building design. Primarily for students of Architecture and Construction Technology, the course employs realistic building examples to introduce students to fundamental engineering analysis. The main topics are: statics and equilibrium, as applied to statically determinate systems; force and moment analysis; strength of materials, where students learn to determine stress and strain in simply supported beams; and beam design with deflection, shear and bending stress evaluation. Through a combination of classroom lecture, demonstration, practical application, homework assignments and problem solving sessions, students will gain mathematical confidence and understand the value of calculation in building design and construction.
- See you in class!
- Meetings: Spring Term – T/Th @ 1:00-2:15
- Credits: 3
SPIRE class number (Spring 2014): 53588
Instructor:Dr. Peggi Clouston
Office: Holdsworth Hall, Room 127
Office hours: Wednesdays (1-2pm) and Thursdays (10-11am). Please email me if you would like to set up an appointment outside of these times.
Teaching Assistant: Rachel Koh
Office hours: Mondays 1:10-2pm and Fridays 11-12 in Holdsworth Room 110.