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edX: The Art of Structural Engineering: Bridges

 with  Maria Garlock
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University of Technology Sydney via Open Learning

In this engineering course you will learn how to analyze bridges from three perspectives:

  1. Efficiency = calculations of forces/stresses
  2. Economy = evaluation of societal context and cost
  3. Elegance = form/appearance based on engineering principles, not decoration

With a focus on some significant bridges built since the industrial revolution, the course illustrates how engineering is a creative discipline and can become art. We also show the influence of the economic and social context in bridge design and the interplay between forces and form.

This is the first of three courses on the Art of Structural Engineering, each of which are independent of each other. The two other courses will be on tall buildings/towers and vaults.

No certificates, statements of accomplishment, or other credentials will be awarded in connection with this course.

Syllabus

Week 1: Introduction to Structural Art
Week 2: The Origins of Structural Art: British Metal Forms
Week 3: John Roebling and the Brooklyn Bridge
Week 4: Othmar Ammann and (some of) his Bridges of NYC
Week 5: The Golden Gate Bridge
Week 6: Robert Maillart and Reinforced Concrete Bridges
Week 7: Origins of Prestressing: Freyssinet, Magnel, and Finsterwalder
Week 8: New Bridge Forms: Christian Menn
Week 9: The Politics and Art of Spanish Bridge Design
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Cost Free Online Course
Pace Self Paced
Subject Engineering
Institution Princeton University
Provider edX
Language English
Hours 2-3 hours a week
Calendar 9 weeks long

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5.0 2 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Professor Maria Garlock ("Maria") was outstanding in her Delivery of the MOOC: The Art of Structural Engineering: Bridges. Salient Points are Noted.

1. For a Lehigh and Cornell graduate, she delivers 10 times her weight in Gold Nuggets. i.e. New ideas, fresh examples, clear illustrations, teaching Civil engineering to a vast audience of students. I was not disappointed. After Week 1, I wondered if I could stay in the Class, and stick with it ? I did. I kept it to 3 hours of study a week.

2. She is entertaining, and is a master of Coordination. She used the Historic Past, to teach basic CE principles. But, she built on this, all the way through the course. She kept it at a steady pace, spread it out, and did not exhaust a student's energy. She used Historical bridge development, showing how old ideas are present in new bridges today.

"Don't Worry about it !" She kept the Math to a minimum, and laid out the equations in Physics, to be
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Professor Maria Garlock ("Maria") was outstanding in her Delivery of the MOOC: The Art of Structural Engineering: Bridges. Salient Points are Noted.

1. For a Lehigh and Cornell graduate, she delivers 10 times her weight in Gold Nuggets. i.e. New ideas, fresh examples, clear illustrations, teaching Civil engineering to a vast audience of students. I was not disappointed. After Week 1, I wondered if I could stay in the Class, and stick with it ? I did. I kept it to 3 hours of study a week.

2. She is entertaining, and is a master of Coordination. She used the Historic Past, to teach basic CE principles. But, she built on this, all the way through the course. She kept it at a steady pace, spread it out, and did not exhaust a student's energy. She used Historical bridge development, showing how old ideas are present in new bridges today.

"Don't Worry about it !" She kept the Math to a minimum, and laid out the equations in Physics, to be palatable. She broke down complex ideas, into "Byte size" pieces.

3. She's a Pro at cooperation. She featured other Contemporaries, who excel in this same Subject. Instead of competition, she recruits an army of talented speakers, to also present their ideas and other views of the material. This makes her shine, since she is well-liked by Peers of this subject. She mixed in teaching some Videos, in front of a Historic Bridge. Great Touch ! This is like a Math teacher explaining Math, in front of a pyramid in Egypt. Everything was 1st Class, representing the high ideals of - Princeton.

4. Last, she's a fine communicator. She holds the audience Spell-bound, and provides a solid foundation for grasping what's in the Notes, or weekly Quiz. She demonstrates refined skills, genuine expressions, and manifests the social graces, manners, and wholesome appearance of a complete life. She’s well-educated, with solid experience.



In short she is Meek and modest, an Author of the Subject, Riveting in Lectures, Intelligent, and Accomplished. Those 5 words spell - MARIA. Adios, D.

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