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Course Descriptions

Course Number: CSU-MEC 316
Course Name: Soil Mechanics
Number of Credit Hours: 4 Credits
Prerequisite(s): N/A
Corequisite(s): N/A
Course Description: 
Soil Mechanics investigates the behavior of soil under mechanic stress and deformation interacting with the flow of water. This introductory course gives the first insight into the interesting world of soils. The course deals with: fundamental description of soils on the REV scale, the characterisation and the classification of soils; fundamental principles in the description of flow of water in porous media introducing the hydraulic head based on the equation of Bernoulli, determination of hydraulic conductivity and flow nets; fundamental mechanical concepts including the effective stress concept, strength of soils, consolidation, settlement and testing procedures.