This quiz includes questions based on my readings of the book: Building Structures James Ambrose and Patrick Tripeny John Wiley & Sons, 3rd edition, 2012, which is highlighted in Ncarb ARE 5.0 Handbook – PDD Section. The book will be referred as Building Structures in the feedback.
Study tip-1: These questions do not cover every topic discussed in the book and cannot be replaced with reading the book on your own. I recommend reading the book first and using these questions as a recap of the information.
Study tip-2: If you are studying for only PPD, you may still want to review this quiz but focus more on conceptual questions, rather than more detailed ones.
Study tip-3: These questions may be much harder than the ones you see in the PDD exam. Please do not focus on to solve them correctly, rather use them as “study tools”. Which means review the concepts behind the question and hopefully in the exam when you get a question from the same topic, you can answer it correctly.
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What is the safety factor of a building that is designed to carry 120,000 lb before collapsing and required to carry 75,000 lb?CorrectIncorrect
In the wood tongue-and-groove joint shown below, what is the total shear load capacity of the joint per running foot of the joint length, if the width of the tongue at its base is equal to 0.15 in. and the maximum unit stress is limited to 90 psi?CorrectIncorrect
Which of the following is the correct definition of the modulus of elasticity?CorrectIncorrect
A rectangular beam with 4 in. width and 6 in. depth sustains a shear force of 4 kips. What is the horizontal shearing stress at any section, if the statical moment (Q) is 32 in.3 ? (Moment of Inertia (I) = bd3 /12, b=width and d=depth)
*Refer to ARE 5.0 Handbook/References for formulas available while testing
psi. Round the nearest whole number
If the wall given above is in static equilibrium (not tipping over), what is the length (L) of the wall?CorrectIncorrect
Match the given rectangular cross section sizes to the different types of structural lumbers accordingly. (Drag & drop the given options accordingly)
- Dimension Lumber
- Beams and Stringers
- Post & Timbers
2 in. to 4 in. in thickness and minimum 2 in. width
5 in. or more in thickness with width being minimum 2in. greater than the thickness
Square cross section with 5 in. by 5 in. with width being maximum 2 in. more than the thickness.
2 to 4 in thick and minimum 4in or wider.
Select the advantages of glued-laminated structural members. Check the three that apply.CorrectIncorrect
Which of the following structural element is used in similar manners to wood joists in floors?CorrectIncorrect
Which of the following is the condition that explains the balance in a structure between of the loads and reactive forces within the structure?CorrectIncorrect
Which of the following options would strengthen the stud walls, if vertical loads are high or bending is great? Check the three that apply.CorrectIncorrect
Which of the following is the structural member that is typically used where wood-framed floor deck is being attached to masonry wall?CorrectIncorrect
What is the value of the maximum bending moment of a simple beam with a span of 14 ft that supports a single concentrated load of 20 kips at its center?
*Refer to ARE 5.0 Handbook/References for formulas available while testing. Or, beam design formulas with moment and shear diagrams.CorrectIncorrect
Which of the following soil issues are more likely to happen, when a significant and unusual rainfall happens in a normally dry and hot climate? Check the three that apply.CorrectIncorrect
Select the main reasons behind the issue “differential settlements”. Check the three that apply.CorrectIncorrect
Considering the common construction practices, drag and drop the given construction types/materials across to the given column-footing attachment tools (methods) accordingly.
- Reinforced concrete or masonry element
- Unreinforced masonry pier or wall
- Wood, metal, and precast concrete elements
Drag and drop the the given terminology regarding the deep foundation types, across the given definitions accordingly.
- Friction Piles
- Piers or Caissons
- Belled Piers
- End-Bearing Piles
This deep foundation type is achieved by nailing timber, steel, or precast concrete into the ground. The resistance that is developed against the inserting and the measured effort to push the pile further specifies the load-carrying capacity.
This type of deep foundation is achieved by excavating the ground until where the soil conditions are more desired and filling it back with concrete.
When reaching the desired ground condition to place the foundation on is impossible, this foundation with an enlarged end is preferred to increase the surface area of the supporting end.
This deep foundation type is achieved by nailing timber, steel, or precast concrete into the ground until it reaches to highly resistive soil stratum or in rock. The load bearing potential is dependent on the strength of the ground as well as the friction.
Select all possible sources for lateral loads on buildings. Check the four that apply.CorrectIncorrect
In which of the following building descriptions, the stability against lateral forces is achieved by the basic form of the structure itself?CorrectIncorrect
Which of the following is a common problem encountered in developing lateral resistance with wood-light frame structures?CorrectIncorrect
What is the main reason of the X-shaped crack patterns, which usually takes place on masonry, concrete, and stucco-finish building walls under frequent seismic activity?CorrectIncorrect
If a ten story building is under intense seismic activity, which of the following building equipment or component would be displaced/ slip away the furthest if they are not properly secured to the building?CorrectIncorrect
Which of the following is not an effect of wind?CorrectIncorrect
Dead weight of the building construction is generally a/an/ …………… in wind design because of its stabilizing effect in resisting uplift, overturn, sliding, and vibration or flutter.
Fill in the blank with one of the given options:
Which of the following material provides the strongest form of construction for shear walls?CorrectIncorrect
Which of the following shear wall structure is the most flexible?CorrectIncorrect
Which type of masonry is the weakest against seismic forces?CorrectIncorrect
Which of the following architectural design decisions would have negative effect on the lateral load response of the building? Check the two that apply.CorrectIncorrect