A study of the basic principles and applications of soil mechanics as used in design and construction is covered. This course introduces knowledge of soil: its formation, actions, and uses. Included are studies of index properties; soil classification; exploration and sampling; compaction; soil strength; erosion control; foundations; and retaining walls. Problems relating to these items are presented and solved. Lab testing is done in conjunction with classroom studies to give a more complete understanding of the material. Each student is required to prepare an individual technical report of each test performed.
2 hours of lecture, 3 hours lab per week