I've been studying from the Ballast guide to start (not the best resource by any means, but it's what I have) and will eventually be reading Building Structures Illustrated and watching the Black Spectacles videos, but as I go through these chapters on structural design, I'm getting increasingly nervous about the volume of things we might need to know to pass this exam. There are so many different variables, equations, and symbols representing so many different applications and materials that I'm having a lot of trouble keeping them all straight. I understand concepts well, but am terrible with memorizing specifics.
I checked into the references on the exam, and while Acoustics, Electrical, HVAC, and Plumbing references are all 1 page long, the Structural references are 39 pages long!! I'm definitely glad, because they list the typical beam nomenclatures, moment and shear formulas, etc. but wow does this feel like a lot to pack into my head.
I've been told by some people that their exams weren't very calculation heavy (having only 4 or 5 calculation questions) and by others that their exams were incredibly calculation heavy.
I guess I'm looking for some feedback (and maybe some reassurance?) that a good understanding of the principals of structural design is more important than being able to regurgitate the difference between Fc', Fy, Fd, Mu, Mn, Mp, Pn, tw, Z, BF, L, Lb, Lp, Lr, Vc, Vu, Bc, B1, Lambda, Theta, Omega, Naught, p, Pb............ etc.
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