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Intended as an introductory text in soil mechanics, the eighth edition of Das, PRINCIPLES OF GEOTECHNICAL ENGINEERING offers an overview of soil properties and mechanics together with coverage of field practices and basic engineering procedure. Background information needed to support study in later design-oriented courses or in professional practice is provided through a wealth of comprehensive discussions, detailed explanations, and more figures and worked out problems than any other text in the market.
- Case histories have been added in appropriate chapters in order to familiarize the student with the unpredictable variability of soil in the field.
- Challenging critical thinking problems have been added to the end-of-chapter problem sections for increased understanding of the content.
- A 16-page color insert of photographs including rocks and rock-forming minerals has been added to this edition in order to fully capture the unique coloring that helps geotechnical engineers distinguish one mineral/rock from the other.
- Chapter introductions and summaries have been expanded in this edition in order to more clearly lay out the content, both before and after it's been read.
- Questions for self-study along with answers are provided on a free companion website for students to use for practice and examination preparation.
- The most recent information and findings in the literature.
- Includes a comprehensive discussion on weathering of rocks and the formation of sedimentary and metamorphic rocks.
- Presents a detailed explanation for the variation of the maximum and minimum void ratios of granular soils due to grain size, shape, and non plastic fine contents.
- The Kozeny-Carman equation and modifications thereof to estimate hydraulic conductivity of granular soils is discussed in detail.
- More figures and worked out problems than any other text in the market.
2. Origins of Soil and Grain Size.
3. Weight-Volume Relationships.
4. Plasticity and Structure of Soil.
5. Classification of Soil.
6. Soil Compaction.
9. In Situ Stresses.
10. Stresses in a Soil Mass.
11. Compressibility of Soil.
12. Shear Strength of Soil.
13. Lateral Earth Pressure: At-Rest, Rankine, and Coulomb.
14. Lateral Earth Pressure: Curved Failure Surface.
15. Slope Stability.
16. Soil-Bearing Capacity for Shallow Foundations.
17. Subsoil Exploration.
Appendix A. A Generalized Case for Rankine Active and Passive Pressure – Granular Backfill.
"The presentation of the book is excellent. I particularly like the fact that many of the example problems are presented in the practical context. This definitely helps engage the students and improve their understanding. This is based on my experience using this textbook and my students' feedback."
"The presentation in the book is easy to follow. The book is written in a way that students can read and understand the presented concepts without difficulties. Illustrations in the book are very clear and have higher quality than those of other books. The problems at the end of each chapter cover all the concepts in that chapter. These problems are similar to those covered by the National Fundamental Engineering (FE) Exam. That is why students prefer to use this book for the preparation of the FE exam."
"The book is well written, clearly and precisely, as compared with other soil mechanics books. Students could take a big advantage using this book for independent study."
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Instructor's Solutions Manual
Complimentary to faculty who adopt the text, the Instructor's Solutions Manual contains solutions to all the problems in the main text. Available in print and electronic formats.
Instructor's Companion Website
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