Theatre and Drama | Studies in Theatre Technology
T529 | 4607 | Bovard, R


Introduction to Static Mechanics

This course introduces the student to basic structural mechanic
concepts and strength of materials with the purpose of developing
the student's ability to critically analyze scenic structural
designs for possible failure.  Topics are selected to serve the
focused needs of theatre technicians and include an investigation
of: forces and stresses, factors of safety, beam theory, design of
steel and wooden beams and columns, bolted connections, wood
fasteners, vector analysis, and stage rigging.  Classroom
instruction makes extensive use of drawings, charts, and photographs
of structures to clarify structural concepts with quantitative
analysis being accomplished either graphically or by use of simple
algebra.