NVCC COLLEGE-WIDE COURSE CONTENT SUMMARY
CIV 225 - SOIL MECHANICS (2 CR.)

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Focuses on soil in its relationship to engineering construction. Includes soil composition and structure, weight-volume relationships, sampling procedures, classification systems, water in soil, stresses, strains, bearing capacity, settlement and expansion, compaction, stabilization, and introduction to foundations and retaining walls. Lecture 2 hours per week.

GENERAL COURSE PURPOSE

To familiarize the student with the properties of soils, the uses of soils in construction and the science of soils engineering.

ENTRY LEVEL COMPETENCIES

Competency in algebra and trigonometry and an introductory knowledge of strength of materials. Prerequisite: MTH 116. Co-requisite: EGR 130.

COURSE OBJECTIVES

Upon completion of the course, the student will have an understanding of soils and their use in construction including: properties and classification, compaction, use in foundations, control of quality, investigations, standard ASTM specifications.

MAJOR TOPICS TO BE COVERED

A. Origin, characteristics, composition, structure and classification of soils

B. Movement of water through soils

C. Stresses in soil masses

D. Settlement and shear strength theory

E. Investigation and soil tests

F. Earth moving, compaction and stabilization

G. Foundations


Revised 3/88


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