Common question:

Building n stories tall, with columns on a by a grid, live load L and dead load D.
Approximate total axial load on a typical first-floor interior column=
Ultimate Load * Tributary Area of the Column * no. of stories=
(1.6L + 1.2D ) * a * a * n

# Stiffeners (SS)

Stiffeners:
– consist of steel/ wood plates fitted between flanges
– help prevent the buckling of flanges
– are used in various locations, including at the crown and points of change in direction.

# Internal Force in Bracing (SS)

While going through the Kaplan Questions and Answers, various forms of this question appear again and again.. I think it’d be a good idea to just memorize the solution.

d = width, h = height, P = lateral load, resultant force is in tension.

# “Splice” (SS)

Allowed Splices:
1.   Lapped
2.   Welded
3.   Mechanical Connection

# Difference between Focus, Hypocenter, and Epicenter (SS)

Focus = Hypocenter (they are synonyms):
The site of earthquake.

Epicenter:
The projection of the focus/ Hypocenter onto the earth’s surface

# List of Tests (SS)

[SOIL]

Proctor (Compaction) Test:
Determines the optimal moisture content of soil

Test Boring:
Measures ability of the soil to support structures

[CONCRETE]

Cylinder Test:
Determines the quality, texture and strength of hardened concrete

Slump Test:
Measures workability of concrete

Impact-hammer Test:
Measures strength of concrete

Kelly Ball Test:
Measures workability of concrete

# Lesson #1: Shh…..

I stumbled upon this TED talk video a while ago, and in it speaker Derek Sivers said, “Repeated psychology tests have proven that telling someone your goal makes it less likely to happen.”.

I find it very true, at least for me. So before blogging about anything related to the AREs, I’d like to share this useful tip – Keep your goals to yourself. Think about it… instead of keeping everyone posted, changing your facebook status every time you passed or failed a test, it can just come up casually during a conversation one day like “oh by the way, I passed all my tests and now I’m a licensed architect.”… how awesome would that be?!

We all know that taking the ARE is going to be a tough journey… Whatever your goals are, good luck! Just don’t tell me what they are…