While many introductory texts on soil mechanics are available, most are either lacking in their explanations of soil behavior or provide far too much information without cogent organization. More significantly, few of those texts go beyond memorization of equations and numbers to provide a practical understanding of why and how soil mechanics work.
Introduction. Physical Properties of Soils. Clays and their Behavior. Soil Classifications. Compaction. Flow of Water through Soils. Effective Stress. Stress Increments in Soil Mass. Settlements. Mohr's Circles in Soil Mechanics. Shear Strength. Lateral Earth Pressures. Bearing Capacity. Subject Index. Author Index.