Six-Minute Solutions for Structural I PE Exam Problems, 3rd Ed

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With an average of six minutes to solve each SE exam multiple-choice problem, efficiency is vital to your success. Six-Minute Solutions for Structural Engineering (SE) Exam Morning Breadth Problems will help you quickly identify accurate solution procedures, effectively apply exam-adopted codes and standards, and increase your problem solving speed.

These practice problems will familiarize you with the multiple-choice format, difficulty, and subject matter of the four-hour morning breadth exams for both lateral and vertical forces. Later force problems focus on wind and earthquake loads, and vertical force problems address loads due to gravity. Problems illustrate a range of structural engineering exam topics, including structural analysis of bridges and buildings, design and detailing of structures, and construction administration.

All problems include hints to help you jumpstart your solutions. Comprehensive, step-by-step solutions illustrate efficient and accurate solution approaches. Solutions also describe common errors that lead to incorrect answers. The codes and standards adopted by NCEES are referenced throughout.

Referenced Codes and Standards

  • AASHTO LRFD Bridge Design Specifications
  • AISC Steel Construction Manual
  • Building Code Requirements and Specification for Masonry Structures (ACI 530/530.1)
  • Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete (ACI 318)
  • International Building Code (IBC)
  • Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures (ASCE7)
  • National Design Specification for Wood Construction (NDS)
  • Seismic Design Manual (AISC 341)
  • Special Design Provisions for Wind and Seismic (SDPWS)

Exam Topics Covered

  • Loads
  • Structural Design Considerations
  • Lateral Forces and their Distribution
  • Steel, Concrete, Wood, and Masonry Design
  • Structural Analysis Methods
  • Foundations and Retaining Structures

What’s New in This Edition 

  • Updated to the latest codes
    • 2010 AASHTO, 5th ed.
    • 2008 ACI 318
    • 2008 ACI 530/530.1
    • 2009 IBC
    • 15 new problems
    Major reorganization to match the new SE exam requirements

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About the Author:

Christine A. Subasic, PE, is a registered engineer in North Carolina and Virginia. She has been a consulting architectural engineer for over 20 years, specializing in masonry and structural design, standards development, and technical writing. Ms. Subasic earned a bachelor of architectural engineering degree, structures option, from The Pennsylvania State University.

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THIS BOOK’S ORGANIZATION

Six-Minute Solutions for Structural Engineering (SE) Exam Morning Breadth Problems is organized into two sections: vertical forces and lateral forces. These sections correspond to the vertical and lateral forces breadth (morning) portions of the SE exam and are further divided into three subtopics: analysis of structures, design and detailing of structures, and construction administration. These subtopics correlate with the topics given in the NCEES SE exam specifications.

HOW TO USE THIS BOOK

In Six-Minute Solutions for Structural Engineering (SE) Exam Morning Breadth Problems, each problem statement, with its supporting information and answer choices, is presented in the same format as the problems encountered on the SE breadth exam. However, unlike on the exam, each problem in this book includes a hint to provide direction in solving the problem. Each solution is presented in a step-by-step sequence to help you follow the logical development of the problem’s solving approach and to provide examples of how you may want to solve similar problems on the SE exam.

In addition to the correct solution, you will find an explanation of the faulty solutions leading to the three incorrect answer choices. The incorrect solutions are intended to represent common mistakes made when solving each type of problem. These may be simple mathematical errors, such as failing to square a term in an equation, or more serious errors, such as using the wrong equation.

Solutions presented for each problem may represent only one of several methods for obtaining a correct answer. Although most of the problems in this book have unique solutions, alternative problem-solving methods may produce a slightly different, but nonetheless appropriate, answer.

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