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Florida International University Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering CEG-4011 Geotechnical Engineering I Quiz No. 1 Name ______________ SOLUTIONS ___________________________________ 08 June 2010 (1 point). What is the etymological origin of our word “canal”? The word comes from the “Farsi” (Persian) word for aqueducts (“ kanats ”). (2 points). What event established geotechnical engineering as a modern area of practice in civil engineering? Karl Terzaghi brought together all the separate pieces of knowledge in geotechnics and wrote the first book on soil mechanics in 1925 (“Erdbaumechanik auf Boden- physikalischer”). Because of this book, and subsequent work he is considered as the founder of the field of soil mechanics. (1 point). Which is closer to the mouth of a river: (a) clays, or (b) gravel?
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Unformatted text preview: Gravels. (1 point). What is the soil formation origin of Miami Beach? Miami Beach is a marine shore deposit created from an offshore bar. (1 point). What is the predominant recent soil deposit in southern Illinois? Loess. (1 point). What is the difference between a lahar and creep? The movement of soil on a slope is slow, and called “creep”, whereas a “lahar” is a sudden and very large collapse of the slope. 1 point). Which seismic wave (long, shear or p-wave) arrives first on a seismometer? The p-wave (primary, or compressive) arrives first. (2 points). Which layer of the Fort Thompson formation has the highest unconfined compressive strength? What would be a rough estimate of its highest tensile strength? (a) Freshwater limestone, and (b) 220 ksf....
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