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4.440 Basic Structural Theory, Spring 2003

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

Highlights of this Course

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.


Prof. John Ochsendorf

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session

One session / week 
3 hours / session




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