Course Title : Soil Mechanics I and Exercises

Code 35080
Course Year 2nd year
Term 2nd term
Class day & Period Tuesday・3-4
Location W2
Credits 2
Lecture Form(s)
Language English
Instructor T. Katsumi, M. Mimura, T. Inui, S. Kimoto, T. Shiotani, Y.Higo, Flores

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 rate of consolidation, the fundamentals of shear strength and deformation behavior of different soils.


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

Course Goals

After undersgoing this course, the student gains adquate 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 1 Introductory concepts : Understand the principles of soil behavior and the fundamentals of geotechnical practices in soils.
Geo-disaster, Geo-engineering ethics 1 Understanding of geological disasters with soil.
Understand geoengineering ethics.
Soil classification and compaction 2.5 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 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
Evaluation of understanding of the course materials 1 Evaluating the students understanding of the course materials.




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


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