Mesut Pervizpour

CEE-159 Structural Analysis I

Course Description:

Elastic analysis of statically determinate beams, frames, and trusses; deflections by the methods of virtual work and moment area; influence lines for determinate structures; modeling for structural analysis; flexibility, stiffness, and approximate methods of analysis of indeterminate structures. Prerequisite: CEE 59 or MECH 12.

Text book: Structural Analysis, 11th Ed. by R.C. Hibbeler, Prentice Hall


Location and Hours:
Fritz 232 ZOOM : Link (M-R 8:00-9:35 AM)
Final Exam: Friday August 9th (8:00-11:00 AM)

Syllabus | Handouts | Assignments | Sample Exams | Links

Course Syllabus in pdf Structural Analysis I syllabus

  1. Attendance is mandatory.
    • Section III reports will be issued (see PDF Syllabus for details)
  2. During the semester, 2 one-hour tests will be given. The student MUST take all two tests. The final exam is comprehensive. Basically NO make-ups are granted unless absence from a test is justified with proper documentation. An unexpected absence will result in a zero grade. All tests will be based on the material covered up to the date of test. Unless otherwise instructed, closed-book tests should be expected. Any grade review you see justified should be brought to my attention within the first week of receiving the grade.
  3. Homework Assignments: is due at the beginning of class on the specified date. No late submissions will be accepted.
    • Weekly assigned homeworks are due at the beginning of class on the specified date. No late submissions will be accepted.
    • In-class assignments/work will be collected during the class.
  4. Homework solutions should conform to the standards of good engineering practice:
    - Work should be done on one side of the paper only using engineering computation paper.
    - Each problem should begin on a new page, clearly labeled on numbered pages.
    - Work should be done in pencil.
    - Your name, assignment number, and page number should appear on each page.
    - Work should be organized and presented neatly. Assumptions should be clearly stated, units should be noted on answers and key intermediate results, and answers should be clearly identified.
  5. Academic integrity. It has been my experience in the past that when students study in groups, and communicate they perform better. Obviously, this is a generalization and I am sure there are many exceptions. However, please note that your submitted work for this course should be conducted individually. Academic Integrity is expected from all students in all matters related to this course. In particular, a student assumes responsibility for every assignment, project or exam that he/she submits. University Code of Conduct.
  6. Accommodations for Students with Disabilities: If you have a disability for which you are or may be requesting accommodations, please contact both your instructor and the Office of Academic Support Services, University Center 212 (610-758-4152) as early as possible in the semester. You must have documentation from the Academic Support Services office before accommodations can be granted.
  7. The Principles of Our Equitable Community: Lehigh University endorses The Principles of Our Equitable Community ( We expect each member of this class to acknowledge and practice these Principles. Respect for each other and for differing viewpoints is a vital component of the learning environment inside and outside the classroom.
Homework, and Quizzes
Two Midterm Exams
Comprehensive Final Exam


  1. Course Introduction, Structure Types, Superposition, Equilibrium, Determinacy & Stability (Chapter 1 & 2)
  2. Determinate Trusses (Chapter 3)
  3. Computer Aided Analyses
  4. Determinate Beams and Frames (Chapter 4)
  5. Cables and Arches (Chapter 5)
  7. Influence Lines (Chapter 6)
  8. Deflection (Chapter 7)
  9. Energy Methods (Chapter 8)
  10. MIDTERM EXAM 2 (tentative)
  11. Force Methods (Chapter 9)
  12. Structural Loads (Chapter 1)
  13. Approximate Methods (Chapter 12)