TO GEOTECHNICAL ENGINEERING
|Course Description: Introduction to basic concepts of design and engineering of earth materials. Soil and rock mechanics, interaction of soil and rock with water, effective stress, failure models, rock and soil mass behavior, and materials testing. Especially useful for those interested in environmental and engineering aspects of geology. Lecture 3 hours. Prerequisite: MATH 104 or MATH 106 and eight credit hours in Earth Science at the 200-level or higher. (From the NEIU catalog.)|
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Laura L. Sanders
Most reliable contact method: e-mail L-Sanders (at) neiu.edu
Fax: 773/442-5710 [Put my name on the cover sheet; the fax machine is in a different office, and they will need to know to whom it should be delivered.]
Office Hours: Monday 1:30-2:00 pm and 3:50-4:20 pm
Tuesday 4:05-4:35 pm and 6:55-7:25 pm
Wednesday 1:30-2:00 pm and 3:50-4:20 pm
Thursday 4:05-4:35 pm and 6:55-7:25 pm
Class meeting times: 5:40-6:55 pm, Tuesday and Thursday
Course Prerequisites: MATH 104 (College Algebra) or MATH 106 (Precalculus Mathematics) and eight credit hours in Earth Science at the 200-level or higher.
Text: Donald P.
Geotechnical Engineering: Principles
and Practices, Prentice-Hall, Inc., 1999. Readings also may
assigned from other sources.
Course Home Page: http://www.neiu.edu/~llsander/340/Spring2007/syllabus.html
Outline of Topics
* This outline will
be adjusted as the semester proceeds. Please
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* Reading assignments listed here are for the Coduto textbook unless otherwise noted.
Reading assignments should be completed before coming to class on the day listed.
*To see a list of each day's learning objectives, click on the date. These will be added as the semester progresses.
* Possible field trips may be added at a later date... stay in touch for more info.
|JAN 9 INTRODUCTION: What is geotechnical engineering? Review of geologic principles for geotechnical engineers. Read: Chapter 1 (especially p. 1-3, 11-end).||JAN 11 Geology review, cont. Minerals and rocks. Read: Chapter 2.|
|JAN 16 Geology review, cont. Igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks. Soils.||JAN
18 Geology review, cont. Soils.
|JAN 23 Geology review, cont. Discontinuities. Soil, sediment, and rock.||JAN 25 SOIL COMPOSITION. Soil phases. Weight-volume parameters. Solving weight-volume problems. Read: Chapter 4.|
|JAN 30 SOIL COMPOSITION, cont. Moisture content. Solving weight-volume problems.||FEB
1 Solving weight-volume
6 Exam #1. Get
the review sheet here!
8 Solving weight-volume problems, continued.
13 No class; the University is closed due to the
||FEB 15 Solving weight-volume problems, continued.|
Solving weight-volume equations: derived equations.
||FEB 22 Solving weight-volume problems, continued.|
27 SOIL CLASSIFICATION: Grain size
||MAR 1 Student presentations on lab methods: the sieve method for particle size analysis (Maureen and Evelyn). Fines (silt and clay). Atterberg limits: liquid limit.|
|MAR 6 Student presentations on visual-manual procedure for description and identification of soils (Krys and Hossein), hydrometer method (Rob and Rob). Atterberg limits: plastic limit and plasticity index. Read: Chapter 5.||MAR 8 USDA and AASHTO classification systems.|
|MAR 13 Student presentations on Unified Soil Classification System (Jeff), and site characterization (Matt and Dustin).||MAR 15 Exam #2. Get the review sheet here!|
|MAR 20 Spring Break--No class||MAR 22 Spring Break--No class|
EXPLORATION. Historical records, air
and maps. Reading topographic maps and soil
29 Reading geologic maps.
reconnaissance and surface exploration. Subsurface
|APR 3 Reading geologic maps.||APR 5 Making geotechnical calculations. In situ and ex situ soil testing. Description of Geotechnical Project.|
|APR 10 Constructing geotechnical cross sections. EARTHWORK. Field terminology. Field equipment and methods. Geotechnical Project (Step 2).||APR 12 Making cross sections. Solving weight/mass/volume problems.|
17 AEG North Central Chapter meeting.
Project (Step 3). Soil
compaction standards and assessment. Read: Chapter
24 Visit to Wang Engineering, Inc. geotechnical
||APR 26 Earthwork and field equipment. Read: Chapter 6. Course evaluation.|
|MAY 1 FINAL EXAM 6:00-7:50 pm. Please note the unusual time. Get the review sheet here! The Geotechnical Project is due today.|
Evaluation and Grading
exams, weighted equally.
|No extra credit will be
In general, 90-100% = A,
80-89% = B,
70-79% = C,
60-69% = D,
What should you bring to this course? Click here to see a list of the skills and knowledge you should already have as you begin this course.
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Department of Earth Science | Northeastern Illinois University
© 2007 Laura L. Sanders. Last updated April 12, 2007.