Course title
Soil Mechanics A

Course description
(Outline and purpose of class)
Construction structures are constructed on or under the ground. There are also structures that are built with soil, such as embankments. "Soil mechanics" is a study of the ground in the construction field.
The main purpose of "Mechanics of soil" is to recognize the properties of the soil material that composes this ground and to understand the properties and behavior of the soil. In particular, the study focuses on understanding the nature of soil as a granular material, the concept of water permeability and effective stress in the ground.

(Attainment target)
As stated in the above objectives, the goal is to recognize the properties of soil as granular material and to fully understand the concept of soil permeability and effective stress.
Purpose of class
Learn the basics of soil mechanics.
Goals and objectives
  1. Understand the physical quantity of the soil and perform basic calculations.
  2. Understand how to classify soil, and perform classification and analysis using appropriate indices.
  3. Understand the basic mechanical concepts of soil and calculate effective stress.
  4. Understand the permeability and influence factors, and calculate the osmotic pressure and amount.
Class schedule

Class schedule HW assignments (Including preparation and review of the class.) Amount of Time Required
1. Guide to soil mechanics and geotechnical engineering Section 1, Text 120minutes
2. Physical properties of soil (1) Section 2, Text 120minutes
3. Physical properties of soil (2) Section 2, Text 330minutes
4. Its behavior in clay Section 3, Text 120minutes
5. Soil classification method Section 4, Text 120minutes
6. Compaction of soil (1) Section 5, Text 330minutes
7. Compaction of soil (2) Section 5, Text 190minutes
8. Water flow in soil Section 6, Text 120minutes
9. Effective stress (1) Section 7, Text 330minutes
10. Effective stress (2) Section 7, Text 120minutes
11. Ground liquefaction Ground liquefaction mechanism 120minutes
12. Ground improvement Ground improvement mechanism 120minutes
13. Term-end test and commentary Test review 330minutes
14. General review Review of assignments and tests 190minutes
Total. - - 2660minutes
Relationship between 'Goals and Objectives' and 'Course Outcomes'

Task Term-end examination Total.
1. 7% 20% 27%
2. 7% 20% 27%
3. 6% 20% 26%
4. 20% 20%
Total. 20% 80% -
Evaluation method and criteria
The evaluation will be 20% for the assignment and 80% for the term-end test. A passing score of 60 or higher.
Textbooks and reference materials
(1) Sakai, T., Katsuyama, K., Hossain, Z. and Pyrak-Nolte, L.J.: Soil Mechanics (1): Foundamental Properties, Corona Publishing Co. Ltd.
(2) Sakai, T., Katsuyama, K., Hossain, Z. and Pyrak-Nolte, L.J.: Soil Mechanics (2): Mechanical Properties, Corona Publishing Co. Ltd.
It is desirable to have studied introduction to geotechnical engineering.
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