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Elementary Structures for Architects and Builders (5th Edition)

Elementary Structures for Architects and Builders (5th Edition)
Author: Ronald E. Shaeffer
ISBN 13: 9780131186552
ISBN 10: 131186558
Edition: 5
Publisher: Pearson
Publication Date: 2006-10-30
Format: Paperback
Pages: 544
List Price: $199.20

Provides an introduction to building structures and materials, treats the essential topics in statics and mechanics of materials and provides an introduction to structural analysis and design.

Graphics statics treatment expanded including the graphical analysis of simple trusses and relatively complicated cable structures; structural behavior treatment expanded including structural system selection and step-by-step, thoroughly worked out examples.

It is aimed at the practicing architect and those who will be working with him or her.


A beginning text for students of architecture, building construction, and related technologies, for a first course in structures. Treats essential topics in statistics and mechanics of materials and introduces structural analysis, taking a quantitative approach. Includes many background and reference appendices, plus problems and answers and b&w figures. This edition uses both SI and customary units, and offers a more gradual introduction to nonconcurrent force systems and the finding of reactions. Assumes background in materials and methods of construction, and a basic knowledge of calculus and physics. Most useful when used in conjunction with a text emphasizing a qualitative approach to structural behavior. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.