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203-What Every Engineer Should Know About Structures - Part A - Statics Fundamentals

By: Patrick L. Glon, PE

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This continuing education course is written specifically for professional engineers with the objective of relating to and enhancing the practice of engineering.

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203-What Every Engineer Should Know About Structures  - Part A - Statics Fundamentals

Written in an easy to understand style, the course What Every Engineer Should Know About Structures Part A — Statics Fundamentals focuses on presenting simplified methods of calculations, and the presentation of intuitive methods for the understanding and solving of basic statics problems. Statics is fundamental to the field of engineering mechanics — including structural analysis and design. Included among the many topics covered are loads and forces on members; how to deal with uniformly varying distributed loads; solving equilibrium equations using an intuitive and simple method where up equals down and left equals right; and simplifying assumptions to determine the forces necessary to keep an extension ladder from sliding down a wall. Many example problems are worked with simple and easy to understand diagrams. Newton's three laws of motion are presented and reduced to two for use in statics.

This course is not a design course. However the methods and techniques presented can be used to determine the forces in many common structures including storage shelves in the garage, the support forces of an NFL player's bench, and drifting snow loads on a porch roof.

Anyone who has taken high school trig and algebra can complete this course.

What Every Engineer should Know About Structures Part B — Statics Applications, the second in a series, continues on with a look at how the fundamentals are applied to solving real-life statics problems. Included are sections on reactions; friction; forces in truss members; forces in cables used to support traffic lights hanging over intersections; and the huge mechanical advantages gained by using pulleys and sheaves.

Optional Supplemental Material

Basic Trigonometry, Significant Figures, and Rounding — A Quick Review is a zero credit course intended for those who might find themselves a bit rusty and would like a quick refresher. The information in the course is useful for application to the solution of structural problems especially in the fields of statics and strength of materials.

This course is free and can be downloaded here.

The trigonometry review includes demonstrating - through the use of several example problems — the use of the basic trigonometric functions including: the sine, cosine and tangent and their inverse; the Pythagorean Theorem; the Sum of the Angles; the Law of Sines; and the Law of Cosines. The significant figures and rounding review includes a discussion of the precision and validity of an answer, along with rules and guidelines for using the appropriate number of significant figures, and for rounding answers appropriately.

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Mark H.
01/04/2019
Useful course and good refresher. Found the tally method to be very useful.
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Bryant Lyle
01/03/2019
Good technical course. Well organized.
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Antonio Rodriguez
01/03/2019
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This is a great refresher class.
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Michael Chiles
12/29/2018
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Great course. Helped me brush up on my analysis techniques. Thanks.
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CHARLES G LETCHWORTH
12/29/2018
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This is a thorough and excellent course.
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Robert M. Couch III, P.E.
12/25/2018
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John Walker
12/22/2018
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Excellent refresher
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Bob Forand
12/04/2018
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Clear, easy to understand, excellent refresher. Thank you.
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David Hunter
11/26/2018
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I have been licensed since 1980 and have been current with my continuing education for the states of Alabama, North Carolina and Florida. The courses 203, 207 and 261 are the most "on target" and informative, and for what continuing education is intended for that I have ever taken. I will continue to look for more courses. Great job Mr. Glon PE
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John McDevitt
11/16/2018
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A very good review course. I liked now the author showed the method and solutions.
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John Valerio
11/12/2018
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Excellent refresher course for free body diagrams and components of forces.
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Roger Cantrell
11/10/2018
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An excellent review course. I appreciate the author's fondness for simplified methods. Otherwise forces and moments can go flying in every which direction.
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Brian Blanche
11/05/2018
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I appreciated the course for the math review; many courses are "verbiage and understanding", but this course requires putting pencil to paper. It's a good fundamentals refresher on a topic I haven't used in years.
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Stephen C Allen
10/02/2018
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Excellent! Liked the tally method.
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Dois Webb
08/21/2018
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Material is very basic, but a good review for someone that hasn't had a statics course since 1961.
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Francois Deniset
08/16/2018
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Great refresher
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203-What Every Engineer Should Know About Structures - Part A - Statics Fundamentals
David Manning
08/09/2018
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Course was a clear and crisp refresher taught from a different perspective (tally method) than I learned in school. More than adequate as a stand alone course on the subject material
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Layton
07/23/2018
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The explanations were a little on the long side, but I feel they covered everything necessary, and would be able to refresh engineers who haven't seen this subject material in a long time, or not at all. Great course.
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Donald P. Adsit
05/29/2018
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Excellent Course; I took it to learn and I did.
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William Hess P.E.
05/22/2018
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This review provided a thorough explanation of fundamentals and methods. Would take another course if level of detail was similar.
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John Seybold
05/19/2018
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A very well written course. As an EE, I found it both challenging and informative. I am looking forward to continuing with the series.
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Robert Cowan
05/08/2018
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Excellent refresher. I'm looking forward to the other three parts.
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Ronald F Kramps
03/02/2018
Rechecked. Answer for 25 is correct. Sorry for the mix-up.
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Ronald F Kramps
03/02/2018
I'm pretty sure the answer for #25 in the test is wrong, and the explanation given is definitely wrong.
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02/27/2018
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Excellent layout of statics fundamentals
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Kenneth Menzie
01/04/2018
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A very helpful refreshers of statics fundamental for engineers. I liked the comprehensive directions for solving the various problems
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Tom Card
12/29/2017
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203-What Every Engineer Should Know About Structures - Part A - Statics Fundamentals Reminds me when I went of engineering school. I know much of the stuff but there are things to improve. Damn! How humble of me, Prof. Glon reads like he was a good teacher to have for class.
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Tom Hearne
12/26/2017
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Excellent review. Material presented and explained very clearly.
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Davidson Hearne
12/23/2017
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Review was well written and test questions were fair. I am teaching a similar course in high school, so this review was very helpful and gave me some additional ideas for material that should be covered.
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12/08/2017
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Good refresher
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203-What Every Engineer Should Know About Structures - Part A - Statics Fundamentals
Boyd Morgenthaler
12/07/2017
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Very enjoyable review of statics. I appreciate the tally method, which helps reduce errors. Over the years I have eveloped the habit of doing mental arithmetic, which is a very useful skill. Unfortunately, mental arithmetic bites hard when simple mistakes are made. Add, subtract; sine, cosine; clockwise, counterclockwise: all are potential traps. The tally method of disciplined accounting helps considerably.
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Christopher Beckett
11/22/2017
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I enjoyed learning about the tally method. I wasn't taught this method in college or seen it any any of the books I have read. It is a very simple and straightforward method of keeping track of loads and moments.
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Edward Haack
10/09/2017
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This course was an excellent refresher for those engineers who have not used statics fundamentals in some time. Clearly presented and easy to understand.
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09/29/2017
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Easy to understand and follow!
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Joseph Wilson
08/22/2017
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Course provided a basic refresher of my statics class.
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Calvin Edson
08/15/2017
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Course as provided by SunCam was concise and well presented . I would recommend to others.
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Marc Tartaglia
08/14/2017
The statics fundamentals was very good. Gave a good overview of the methods for solving these problems.
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David H.
08/03/2017
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Good refresher course on statics.
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Paul Cavota
07/22/2017
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The course was excellent and covered the basics of Statics. The diagram for problem #24 was confusing. It seemed to show 2 values for the incline . . .
Portions of the review have been removed because they disclosed the correct answer to a question.
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John Riley
07/21/2017
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Thank god for computers now. I had forgotten so much
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John Gutherman
06/25/2017
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Good review to stay sharp
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Steven Girrens
06/24/2017
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Very clear and concise course material including understandable example problems.
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06/06/2017
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This is a good refresher course for elementary statics
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Paul Dorvel
05/31/2017
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This was an excellent introduction to statics and basic assumptions. It is a well organized prequel to the next course. There were no gaps; enough math to satisfy and solve; and a "tally" method for summing forces and moments. The emphasis on significant digits was welcome and useful.
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William Walker
04/29/2017
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An excellent review of the fundamentals of structural engineering!
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Paul Hansen
04/02/2017
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Good overview. Provided me with useful information, which I was able to apply on reviews being conducted for my position.
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Kenneth M Clark, P.E.
03/28/2017
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The course is a clear concise presentation of the fundamentals or statics. The material is easy to follow and understand.
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cullen langford
03/11/2017
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Good course. It proved how rusty I am in such calculations. #25 was a tough one for me today. Thanks
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Dave Rhinard
03/05/2017
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Excellent course. Logically developed, precise wording, good examples with accurate diagrams and calculations.
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Michael Schulz
02/21/2017
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Good review of Static Fundamentals for Structures
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russ johnson
02/19/2017
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Excellent course and a good review primer. Well prepared and informative. Thanks Russ
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Allan Gibbs
02/14/2017
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Working in the electrical industry, I have let my knowledge of statics get rusty over the decades. This is a very well-written course, the description is spot on, and the many positive reviews attest to the high quality. Just what I needed - thanks, Pat!
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Howard D Curtis
01/01/2017
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This course provides a good review of statics fundamentals
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R Scherzer
12/16/2016
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This course was a good review of a subject that was buried deep in my memory from many years ago. It was certainly worth my time to take this excellent refresher and do the calcs to answer the questions. I think it was pitched at the right level for a review and was useful for someone like me that needed to get PDHs but also wanted to refresh my skills.
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John Ashelin
12/14/2016
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Good Course
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Anne Fore
12/12/2016
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Great refresher course. Also a good course for beginners since it is very straight forward and easy to understand. Writing was very clear and to the point with excellent examples.
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Adrian Price
12/11/2016
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This was a great refresher, having been 10 years since I've taken statics in college. Material was delivered very clearly, and easy to follow. Felt that it was very to the point and did not waste any time.
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Bernard Stroh
12/10/2016
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excellent refresher course on the fundamentals even with all the available engineering software
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Nicholas Pucino
12/10/2016
Verified Buyer
Excellent, simply stated methods and issues. I liked the "tally method". A great refresher. Did Statics B first, then A. My college statics course was over 60 years ago and so this brings back memories. It seemed hard then so this made it look easier.
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Matt Haghighi
12/04/2016
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A good course.
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Charles Nolan
11/29/2016
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Great review.
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Stephen Laccinole
11/01/2016
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Good review - knocked off some dust
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Chris Budd
11/01/2016
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Good refresher class - thank you
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Ben Carr
10/31/2016
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A good short course. I missed question 23 due to lazyness on my part, in not taking the time to do the calculations, However on review of the correct answer, I realized that the correct answer could be found by logical examination of a free body of the problem, not requiring any strenuous calculations. Thanks, Pat
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Beatrice Bomba
09/27/2016
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This is one of the most enjoyable continuing education courses that I have ever taken.
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Helpful. Clearly written.
Early M. Sorenson
08/01/2016
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A nicely presented review of Statics. Helpful and enjoyable.
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Structures Part A - Static Fundamentals
Ed Rafacz
07/06/2016
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Good overview of Statics for non-structural engineers.
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Warren M. Childress, PE
06/29/2016
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Excellent course. It is a great review of basic statics.
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What Every Engineer Should Know About Structures - Part A
Harry Howarth
05/14/2016
Verified Buyer
Very good review of Statics Fundamentals. A strong knowledge of the basics enhances an Engineer's ability to perform. This course helps do that.
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Alice Kupper
04/26/2016
excellant
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Structures Part A - Statics Fundamentals
Anonymous reviewer
04/03/2016
Excellent refresher course on statics. Enjoyed the problem solving.
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Lawrence M. Sidoti
03/20/2016
GREAT COURSE - Refreshed the GREY MATTER - Touched on many of the Major and Minor portions of STATICS that we use on a regular basis. The course achieves the intent of the State Boards to keep us SHARP and the PUBLIC SAFE.
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Nice course
Luis Figueredp
03/05/2016
Great review of statics
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ARCHIBALD E PINTO
02/27/2016
Verified Buyer
Good refresher course - one test question - number 24 was incorrectly defined and confused me. However, after studying the diagram, the dimensions noted were not needed.
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Statics - not so bad :-)
R. Johnson
01/22/2016
Verified Buyer
For an EE this was a good refresher on Statics, well written.
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Excellent Review of Basic Statics
Bill H.
01/08/2016
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As an electrical engineer I found this course to be a great review of material that I had so many years ago.
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Statics Fundamentals Review
Anne
12/31/2015
Verified Buyer
Course is well written and easy to understand. The examples are very good with clear solutions. Excellent course for review of Statics.
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What Every Engineer Should Know About Structures Part A-Statics Fundamentals
Rick Nelson
11/27/2015
Class book assembled well good examples and problems easy reading and provided a solid review of things in a basic frame-work.
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Statics Fundamentals
Anonymous reviewer
11/17/2015
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Excellent course for refreshing statics.
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Anonymous reviewer
11/15/2015
This is a good review of fundamental statics. The text is well-written and easy to follow. The example problems are thoroughly explained and provide a useful foundation for additional study.
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David Huff
10/12/2015
It was worth 4 hours.
Not enough to pass the structural exam.
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anonymous
08/25/2015
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This course was an excellent review of fundamental Statics. I had not looked at these principles specifically in years, and I definitely benefited from going back through the exercises. I highly recommend this course.
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T McAnlis
08/03/2015
The course work was clear,understandable and well organized.
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Part A - Static Fundamentals
WML
07/17/2015
Since I do not use statics everyday in my civil and mechanical design engineering job this course helped me to stay in touch with static fundamentals so that I can apply it effectively when needed.
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David Z
05/25/2015
Excellent refresher, straightforward and made me think. Also provided means to verify assumptions and results.
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J.H.
03/20/2015
A good refresher course for those who have been out of school a number of years.
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Ed Jessen
02/16/2015
Good review of basic statics. I liked the test results presentation and explanation of solutions.
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anonymous
02/10/2015
Very Enjoyable. I like the way this Teacher writes and thinks
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Good Course
James Maddrey
01/26/2015
The text is very clear. Examples are well documented and easy to follow. The tabulation method is a big help in solving problems.

I enjoyed this course. Thanks
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Bob Dougert
01/24/2015
Course materials and test provided an excellent review of statics fundamentals.
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Ronald Gustainus
01/10/2015
I thought that the course was interesting in that I hadn't reviewed this type material for some time; so I really enjoyed this course, and look forward to perhaps taking Part B the next time I need a course to renew my PE iicense.
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Jeff K.
01/07/2015
Good refresher course for non-structural engineers. Questions were slightly challenging as expected for a Part A course.
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Structures - Statics Fundamentals - 1
David Mueller
01/03/2015
I liked the specific examples with numbers and problems
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anonymous
12/10/2014
Course was interesting but took longer to complete and understand than I anticipated (Not being a Structural Engineer I may have done better w/ a course closer to my field.
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