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RE: phi in both sides of formula 14-1

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Eugenio wrote:

“I am confused with the formula (14-1) "Design axial load strength" which sowns a factor "phi" at the two sides of the formula.     In the 2001 California Building Code.

My recollection in algebra says that a value goes to the other side of the formula with the oppossite sign. If I follow the rule, "phi" multiplying goes dividing, means phi/phi=1.

Why in such Chapter 19, DIVII - 1914.5.1 even it gives a value of 0.70 to phi?.


I will appreciate your comments, specially because I am an architect.”


In response:

I think the last statement just about sums up the root of the problem right there.


*laugh*  Sorry, I couldn’t resist.  *laugh*  Just havin’ some fun.  I’m in a goofy kinda mood today.


But come on… how many Engineers out there read that statement and thought the exact same thing.  I know you’re out there.  You know who you are!!!


Comedy by:

Dave Maynard, PE

Gillette, Wyoming


P.S. The wind’s blowing like crazy today.  I’m starting to get cabin fever.

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