This course covers the basic principles and applications of soil mechanics as used in design and construction and introduces knowledge of soil and 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. Laboratory 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