Department of Earth Science |Northeastern Illinois University

ESCI 340
Spring, 2007

Daily Objectives #14  (March 1, 2007)                                                        Dr. Sanders

By the end of today's class, you should be able to do the following:

* Explain the meaning of the term "Fines" as it applies to grain size, and describe the difference between silt and clay.

* Explain the difference between soil in a liquid, solid, and semi-solid state. 

* Explain what the Atterberg limits of a soil tell us.

* Show how to determine the liquid limit, plastic limit, and plasticity index of a soil sample in the laboratory.

* Show how to perform the sieve test portion of a grain size distribution analysis.

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