Faculties and centres
Basic Physics of Structures is a basic subject in the degree in Technical Architecture. This course aims firstly to revisit areas of mechanics which may have been covered in pre-university Physics, and to build on this common base the principles of mechanics of solids on which many subsequent modules depend. This includes basic equilibrium, work and energy and the analysis of statically determinate frameworks, leading into a major section on the analysis of stress and strain in two and three dimensions, which includes material failure criteria. The architecture graduate should be able to use the relevant laws of kinematics and dynamics to solve problems of equilibrium of rigid bodies, trusses, and beams. What we do is show problematic situations (open problems relevant to the technical architecture student, both theoretical and practical situations) where we have to think about possible solutions doing research, and not necessarily requiring a numerical answer. This methodology facilitates the autonomy and responsability of the students, the interactivity teacher-student and student-student, and shows the connection between physics and other areas of knowledge.
General Transversal Competences
Scientific-technical capacities necessary for professional practice in technical architecture as well as a number of other fields, such as calculation techniques, measurements, appraisals and studies of economic viability, inspection and defects analysis, reports and technical documents, design plan on plots and buildings.
To acquire and apply physics and mathematical knowledge to solve technical architecture situations.
To achieve the basic knowledge of the Physic laws which are needed to understand other subjects study during the degree.
To give a simple description and as complete as possible for statics, and apply it to solve simple structures; establishing the basic relationships that exist between this subject and other subjects in the curriculum.
To calculate centre of mass and moment of inertia of plane surfaces.
To increase the capacity of planning and conducting experiments, as well as analysis and interpretation of experimental data.
To develop autonomy in the learning processes forming capacities and attitudes to facilitate life-long learning and capacities to communicate making use of the scientific language.
To acquire skills in information technologies.