This class was tough.
Course Overview:
This course will give you a fundamental understanding of soil mechanics. Emphasis on fundamentals.
Course highlights:
This course demonstrated to me the utility of idealizing various features of a problem in order to solve it.
Hours per week:
3-5 hours
Advice for students:
You will not do well in this course if you practice problems and merely learn the steps for solutions. The course is all about the concepts of soil mechanics. Understand the theory behind each problem in the assignments and the derivations.
Not too easy. Not too difficult.
Course Overview:
It's a very interesting course. When studying soil mechanics in civil engineering, you move past the forum of rigidity and come to a soils with sometimes share movements similar to fluids. This adds an extra element to everything you've learnt so far. It's so dependent on little things like the grain size or the porosity and voids within the soil and explains its effects on our society already (i.e. leaning tower of pisa).
Course highlights:
Any engineering student knows that unless you're in a strict mathematics course (Calculus, linear algebra, etc...), most of the equations are memorizable. This class was the first class where I got to see the applications of derivations in action. There is an entire 2 units devoted to porosity and void ratio in which you have to derive equations to scope the vast amount of specific data that could be collected to find an equation suitable for what you are given.
Hours per week:
6-8 hours
Advice for students:
The prof sends you copies of the notes with blank spaces that require to go to class. My advice? Go to class. If you miss a class for whatever reason, get a completed copy of the note from a buddy. They are an exceptionally clear and organized study tool.