Course Title : Soil Mechanics I and Exercises

Code 31620
Course Year 2nd year
Term 2nd term
Class day & Period
Credits 2
Restriction No Restriction
Lecture Form(s)
Language Japanese
Instructor Katsumi, Mimura, Inui, Kimoto, Shiotani, Higo

Course Description

The student is expected to learn:the basics of soil formation, classification for engineering purposes, soil compaction, soil water and water flow, consolidation theory, problems on final and time rate of consolidation, the fundamentals of shear strength and deformation behaviour of different soils.


Grading Policy:Final exam(70%), Midterm exams and assigned homeworks(30%)

Course Goals

After undergoing this course, the student gains adequate knowledge on engineering properties of soil.
Course objective is to provide a fundamental understanding of mechanical behavior of soil materials, including soil classification, compaction, permeability, consolidation, and strength.

Course Topics

Theme Class number of times Description
Introduction 0.5 Introductory concepts:Understand the principles of soil behavior and the fundamentals of geotechnical practices in soils.
Soil classification and compaction 3.5 Understand the geology of soils, soil classification system, fundamental properties, effective stress, compaction, unsaturated soil and frozen soil
Water flow through soil 3 Understand the permeability and Darcy's law, quick sand condition, seepage and flow nets.
Midterm exam 0.5
Consolidation and settlement 3.5 Understand Terzaghi's one dimensional consolidation theory, the total and effective stress distribution in soil.
Shear Strength of soil 3 Understand shear strength of cohesive and cohesionless soil, Mohr-coulomb failure theory, drained and undrained behavior of clay and sand


Text book: Fusao Oka, "Soil Mechanics", Asakura publishing Co., Ltd .


Fusao Oka, "Soil Mechanics Exercises", Morikita publishing Co., Ltd .


The course is designed for students in any major;an earth science background is not required.

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Additional Information

Mimura, Higo, Kimoto & Shiotani: Contact Information will be delivered in their first lecture Katsumi & Inui: Visit their office in Yoshida Campus directly