Advanced Soil Mechanics

A cross-section drawing of a soil sample.

A soil profile. (Image courtesy of the USDA.)


MIT Course Number

1.361 / 1.032 / 1.366

As Taught In

Fall 2004


Undergraduate / Graduate

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This class presents the application of principles of soil mechanics. It considers the following topics: the origin and nature of soils; soil classification; the effective stress principle; hydraulic conductivity and seepage; stress-strain-strength behavior of cohesionless and cohesive soils and application to lateral earth stresses; bearing capacity and slope stability; consolidation theory and settlement analysis; and laboratory and field methods for evaluation of soil properties in design practice.

Charles Ladd, and Lucy Jen. 1.361 Advanced Soil Mechanics, Fall 2004. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare), (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

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