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1.322 Soil Behavior, Spring 2005

A cross-section of clay loam.
Canisteo clay loam, a soil profile from Minnesota. (Image courtesy of the USDA.)

Highlights of this Course

This class features some of the readings from the class, and a complete set of lecture notes.

Course Description

This class presents a detailed study of soil properties with emphasis on interpretation of field and laboratory test data and their use in soft-ground construction engineering. Topics to be covered include: consolidation and secondary compression; basic strength principles; stress-strain strength behavior of clays, emphasizing effects of sample disturbance, anisotropy, and strain rate; strength and compression of granular soils; and engineering properties of compacted soils. Some knowledge of field and laboratory testing is assumed for all students.


Dr. Lucy C. Jen
Prof. Andrew Whittle
Prof. Charles Ladd 

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
2 hours / session




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