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The standard in the field, now in its seventh revised edition. Long known for its accessible and concise presentation of basic structural materials and their characteristics, this text is the enduringly popular general reference for architects and builders. Beginning with the principles of structural mechanics, covers structural masonry, steel, wood, and concrete; design for lateral forces; elements of dynamic behavior; plywood shear walls; diaphragms; rigid frames; and structures with internal pins. Includes new material on the design of total structural systems for buildings. Each topic is introduced by general discussion and is supported by a wealth of illustrative examples. Includes exercises, with answers.