This is a text for civil engineering majors in introductory courses in soils and geotechnical engineering. It overviews soil properties and mechanics and covers field practice and basic engineering procedures. Coverage includes the origin of soil and grain size, weight-volume relationships and structure of soil, soil compaction and permeability, shear strength, lateral earth pressure, slope stability, and soil-bearing capacity for shallow foundations. This fifth edition uses SI units as the principal units, with English units in parenthesis when required, and example and homework problems in SI and English units. There is a new chapter offering a historical perspective of the field. Much material has been reorganized.
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