moment = a way of describing a force acting at a distance. Okay, I didn't get that one. What the heck. A moment is a moment. I like happy moments with my engineer =)
bounce = apparently, they can be found in floors. no bounce means comfortable walks. okay, i got that.
kip = 1,000 pounds.
reaction = amount of weight contributed to a particular location. Rmax means maximum reaction. Now Rmin....is this even an engineering term?
reinforcements (my fave!) = support or additional assistance. but in engineering technical jargon, i think it refers to those steel rods that you see on rooftops of unfinished buildings. something like that...or maybe inside posts and columns? sheesh. i don't remember!
basically, structural engineers make sure that the buildings perform well. something like that. and they make sure they don't fall down.
oh, i have a lot to learn. big time.