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    Theodore Diamond

    Be ready for the possibility of finding the direction of reactions in a member of a truss, but don't spend too much time on it.  If there were two of these questions I would be surprised.

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    David Kaplan

    I would agree with above.  I remember back in 4.0 days, they did ask a question on that.  I personally did not get any truss question whatsoever on my 5.0 exams.  I will say this: it's up to you to decide if it's worth relearning all that.  I went into my 5.0 exams saying "if I get a truss question, I'm going to guess and move on."  It will be one question, not two.  My personal view: take the hit, lose the point, and focus on the rest of the exam.  There's just so much info to study here, you sort of have to pick and choose your battles.  Again - up to you.

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    Kurt Fanderclai

    I did some basic math a while back that relates to this quesion:

    Section 1 of PDD, which could include structural calcs, is 37 - 45 questions, which are then divided by 6 Objectives, of which really only one looks like structural calcs -- so 45/6 = 7.5 questions on the higher end, 6.2 questions on the lower end if the objectives are split up roughly equally.

    Point is, there is very little ROI in studying for structural calcs.  A basic knowledge of the formulas on pg 169 of the 5.0 handbook plus free body diagrams -- that's really it.

     

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    Allison Burrell

    Thank you! I figured it was a bit overkill, but want to pose the question.

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