- Kaplan 2009 (I used 2009, later versions are the same with new cover art)  

            *skip the practice questions in study book*... but do the separate Practice Exam book
- Ballast practice exams
- Building Structures (Second Edition) by James Ambrose (read through)
- Why Buildings Stand Up by Mario Salvadori (easy read, also good for history)
- Building Construction Illustrated by Francis D.K. Ching (skimmed)
- Fundamentals of Building Construction (Second Edition) by Edward Allen (skimmed)
- FEMA 454 (surprisingly easy read... go to it later in your studies and you'll understand what to skip over)

(Note: eBay is also a good way to find cheaper books... and to sell them off when you're done.)


- post your vignettes for review on ARECoach.com


- ALS General Structures practice exam (see links below):

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Marty's Notes (an at-one-time free resource from NALSA):

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Thaddeus' Structural Pocket Guide:

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Rules of Thumb for Selecting a Structural System:

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Vignette tips:

- use an all steel solution... don't fool around with bearing walls, they are unnecessarily confusing

- areforum consensus on max. lengths: 40' max. beam length and 30' max. joist length
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Helpful links:


Shear / moment diagrams (from c-mine):
http://www.ecourses.ou.edu/cgi-bin/e....2&page=theory

Seismic Load example:
http://www.masonrysociety.org/html/c...08-28-2009.pdf

The Nature of Ground Motion and Its Effect on Buildings [Seismic force] (from novelo):
http://nisee.berkeley.edu/lessons/arnold.html

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Check out the ERRORS page for additional info on the vignettes: