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After completing Architectural Structures I, I have gained a better

understanding of building structures and how they are designed. Throughout

the class, I went from struggling on how sto comprehend more properly the
problems and forming and translating it to a free body diagram. The
following is an analysis of my progress in this class and an assessment of
what I will carry forth in my career.

From the start, we began learning new things different from the last
semester, much more on- how can we apply it this time around. At first, we
cant recall everything that weve tackled last sem, but Mrs. Encina
succeeded to reteach it to us in a very effective way. She makes sure that
the whole class will participate and everyone should be solving problems on
its own. I learned also that theres a part of an architect that should do and
should not, and that Engineers are our better half in other terms- we will
both incorporate what we have learned when in comes to design. A design
must be precise and with a sense of purpose. I also learned the different
aspects that should be considered in designing a good structure that comes
with a good load capacity and strength that can surely fulfill the
requirements. What Ive liked the most was-learning on how to draw a free
body diagram, after a series of lectures and examples. In doing so, you must
be also careful in drawing the fbd because it can greatly affect the whole
solution if you didnt draw it right.

Ive learnt that the Strength of Materials focuses on the strength of materials
and structural components subjected to different types of force and thermal
loadings, the limiting strength criteria of structures, and the theory of
strength of structures. Consideration is given to actual operating conditions,
problems of crack resistance and theories of failure, the theory of oscillations
of real mechanical systems, and calculations of the stress-strain state of
structural components. This kind of subject is very significant.

In terms of structure skills, before answering problems a make sure to list all
the given and what to find, more on like Im comprehending it first before I
take action. I have also learned that we have to look first for the units, if the
unit is not the same as the problem required it to be then you must know
how to convert it by using conversion units. When it is in at the state of

equilibrium then the object is not moving or at rest or moment is O, however

if it not reached zero it is not its equilibrium form. Were also taught of how
to design properly a beam and a column, it is important to consider reaction
at the supports, when it is loaded by vertically or horizontally loads or forces,
the sum of the reactions at the supports equals to the sum of the loads.
My favorite was about the shear and the moment diagram, theres a harder
way to solve and theres also a simple way to solve it-which is the graphical
method. Overall weve learned that we should come up with computations of
forces that can affect the skeleton of the structure, mainly the beams and
columns, to avoid unwanted accidents during or after construction- after all
the clients safety is the most consequential.

There are times that I am unsure of my answers and some of my quizzes are
a failed one. But I guess thats how it is, for us to be able to learn we have to
accept and learned from our past experiences or mistakes and reflect on it.
This class has sparked the eagerness and inquisitiveness in me, I also
believed that I can make use of what Ive gained all throughout my selected

Finally, I have developed something and learned better. The quizzes and
homeworks are set as games, where as you have to play it well and finish it
on time, much more better if you can beat it earlier than expected. I have
also shared some moments with groupmates, which basically can be
reflected on our works. All in all, concepts and basic formulas plays the most
integral part of strength of materials.