Everyone is Writing in Static Equilibrium – Alexandra Triampol, MAAT Design Firm

Hello everyone!  Good seeing you here again. 🙂  Today, I’m blogging about how we’re wrapping up our Project Ventura for the year, because our deadline is coming up soon.  As of right now, we are currently writing our E-book!  Who knew I’d get to write part of a book and get it published? It’s basically a very technical book about how we restored the Airstream.  It involves a lot of technical writing and being objective.  We are also incorporating some technical terms that go with each chapter.  For example, my group has the last chapter in the book which explains the Big Build.  It’s accompanied by the term statics, and lots of other information that goes with statics.

This is an example of how to find the centroid of a shape.   http://www.mathwords.com/c/centroid.htm

This is an example of how to find the centroid of a shape.
http://www.mathwords.com/c/centroid.htm

For our chapter, we’ve nicely divided each chapter into three parts, so each of us gets a part to write about.  For the Big Build, we separated it into the different things we did during the building process and restoration of the Airstream trailer.  First, Maya wrote a quick little synopsis of the chapter.  Then she created a bigger summary of the whole Big Build that explains the smaller subtitles, which we titled “The Process”.  The first subtitle is “Restoration” where we talked about what we replaced in the Airstream and what we fixed.  I helped do parts of the restoration process, so I took up that portion of the writing.  Next, is the “Carpentry” where Abby explains our experiences using the power tools and creating the furniture pieces.  She was more hands-on in that part of the Big Build.  The last subtitle is “Fabrication” which Maya started, but she couldn’t finish that section because we haven’t done enough in the fabrication part of the Big Build to know what to write about.  The most we did was the paint job which involved us learning about low-VOC paints.

This picture shows and example of static equilibrium.   http://www.physicsclassroom.com/class/vectors/Lesson-3/Equilibrium-and-Statics

This picture shows and example of static equilibrium.
http://www.physicsclassroom.com/class/vectors/Lesson-3/Equilibrium-and-Statics

The other part of our chapter is statics.  At first, we had forgotten what the term statics meant, but actually, we were using statics all the time when we were creating the furniture!  Oh the irony…  We did the same thing for the statics chapter and created a summary of what statics is and three subtitles.  When writing this portion, statics was a little harder to write, not because it’s more technical sounding than the Big Build portion, but because it was something that we had to relearn… Let me explain… We learned about statics and all that good stuff a while ago, back in first semester, which I still remember, mind you.  The thing is explaining it.  Having to elaborate on topic like statics, is well… a little difficult.  Statics involves a range of topics coming from centroids to beam deflection to forces, all the way back to forces, which we learned in physics last year.  For this section, the three subtopics we chose were careers involving statics, a mix of centroids, beam deflection, balance, and equilibrium, and the last one is a mix of forces, structural members, and loads.  This the part of the E-book that reminds me a textbook.  Hopefully we won’t make it sound boring. 🙂  Oh, and I almost forgot… we actually added a fourth subtopic.  We have to somehow tie in Project Ventura into the statics portion!  Haha!  I’m writing about the applications of statics towards the Airstream.  It’s not too hard.  It’s basically the furniture we constructed, such as the dinette table and the frame of the couch.

These are basic beam structures that helped us learn about members. http://constructionfield.net/basic-structural-steel-shapes/

These are basic beam structures that helped us learn about members.
http://constructionfield.net/basic-structural-steel-shapes/

Well, that’s all for now, I guess.  I won’t have much else to really talk about for a while, until we present our project in front of our panel of judges on Friday, May 23.  Look forward to that! 😀

 

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