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Dr. Lanbo Liu, Professor
Department of Civil  & Environmental Engineering
University of Connecticut

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We were funded by the UConn Institute of Teaching and Learning (ITL) and the National Science Foundation (NSF, co-PI Prof. Philpotts) to implement the Service Learning strategy to G229 and G278 Courses. Contact me to learn more about these courses.

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CE 240: Soil Mechanics and Foundations (Fall Semester)


1, To describe soil as an engineering material and to understand the nature of stresses induced in the soil and by the soil

2, To give an appreciation of the function and forms of shallow and deep foundations.

3, To analyze bearing capacity and settlements of foundations.

4, To consider the relevance of site and ground investigation to soil and foundation engineering.

Lecture 1.1: The Syllabus, Historic Perspective and Fundamentals (1.5 MB)

Lecture 1.2:  The Origin of Soil (2.7 MB)

Lecture 1.3:  Soil Particles (3.4MB)

Lecture 2.2: Weight-Volume Relationships (0.4 MB)

Lecture 2.3: Soil Particle Problem Solving (0.8 MB)

Lecture 3.1: Soil Consistency and Atterberg Limits (0.7 MB)

Lecture 3.2: Soil Classification (AASHTO and USCS) (2.7 MB)

Lecture 3.3: Soil Compaction, Proctor Test (2.3 MB)

Lecture 4.1: Soil Compaction Field Work (9.8 MB)

Lecture 4.2: Organic soil compaction, Special compaction techniques, Problem solving II (29 MB)

Lecture 4.3: Permeability I (10.9 MB)

Lecture 5.1: Permeability II (22.3 MB)

Article Reading: Goodbye Hazen, Hello Kozeny-Carman (0.04 MB)

Lecture 5.2: Permeability Field Test, Summary Soil Index Properties (0.4 MB)

Solutions for Homework Assignment (Chs. 5 & 6) (9.4 MB)

Lecture 6.1: Seepage I (12.3 MB)

Lecture 6.2: Seepage II (12.5 MB)

Lecture 6.3: Seepage III (12.5 MB)

Lecture 7.1: in situ stress I (9.9 MB)

Lecture 7.2: in situ stress II (15.3 MB)

Lecture 7.3: in situ stress III (7.3 MB)

Homework Solutions (Ch. 7 & 8) (12.8 MB)

Lecture 8.1: Stresses in Soil Mass I (5.7 MB)

Lecture 8.2: Stresses in Soil Mass II (14.2 MB)

Lecture 8.3: Stresses in Soil Mass III (17.1 MB)

Lecture 9.1: Compressibility of Soil I (10.5 MB)

Lecture 9.2: Compressibility of Soil II (15.0 MB)

Lecture 9.3: Compressibility of Soil III (6.5 MB)

Lecture 10.1: Compressibility of Soil III (20.3 MB)

Lecture 10.2: Compressibility of Soil IV (23.3 MB)

Homework Solutions Ch. 7-8 (12.9 MB)

Homework Solutions Ch. 9-10 (3.5 MB)

Lecture 11.1: Shear Strength of Soil I (5.3 MB)

Lecture 11.2: Shear Strength of Soil II (11.0 MB)

Lecture 11.3: Lateral Earth Pressure I (13.0 MB)

Lecture 12.1: Lateral Earth Pressure II (31.0 MB)

Lecture 12.2: Lateral Earth Pressure III (23.0 MB)

Lecture 12.3: Lateral Earth Pressure IV; Solutions for HWs in Ch. 11 and 12 (35.3 MB)

Lecture 14.1: Slope Stability I (30.2 MB)

Lecture 14.2: Slope Stability II (34.0 MB)

Lecture 14.3: Slope Stability III (22.5 MB)

Lecture 15.1: Soil Bearing Capacity I (18.9 MB)

Lecture 15.2: Soil Bearing Capacity II (30.1 MB)

Lecture 15.3: Course Summary (9.3 MB)

Geology 228: Introductory Applied Geophysics (Fall Semester)
Application of geophysical methods to engineering and environmental problems at an introductory level to undergraduates major in geology, natural resources management, and science education, and so on. Topics include site investigation, seismic reflection and refraction, DC resisitvity, electromagnetic induction, and ground penetrating radar.

The Syllabus (0.1 MB)

Lecture 1:  Fundamemtals (1.4 MB)

Lecture 2:  Site Investigation (15 MB)

Lecture 3: Material Properties (2.8 MB)

Lecture 4: Seismic Refraction (3.9 MB)

Week 5: Seismic Refraction Field Work (0.5 MB)

Lecture 6: DC Resisitivity (9.2 MB)

Week 7: DC Resistivity Field Work (0.5 MB)

Week 8: Mid-term Exam (0.5 MB)

Lecture 9: Geomagnetics, Induced Polarization, Magnetic Resonance (8.6MB)

Lecture 10: Electromagnetic Induction (2.8MB)

Lecture 11: Ground Penetration Radar (GPR) (3.9 MB)

Week 12: GPR Field Work (0.5 MB)

Week 13: Thanksgiving Recess, no class.

Lecture 14: Borehole Geophysics (3.8MB)

Lecture 15: Course Summary (0.8MB)

Geology 229: Engineering and Environmental Geology (Spring Semester)
Application of geological principles to engineering and environmental problems. Topics include site investigation, geologic hazards, slope processes, earthquakes, subsidence, and the engineering properties of geologic materials. Course intended for both geology and engineering majors.

The Syllabus (0.2 MB)

Lecture 1.1: Course Introduction (2.9 MB)

Lecture 1.2:  Fundamemtals (1.3 MB)

 Lecture 2.1:  Basic Petrology and Mineralogy (1.9 MB)

Lecture 2.2:  Rock Mechanics I (0.3MB)

 Lecture 3.1:  Rock Mechanics II (1.4 MB)

 Lecture 3.2:  Rock Mechanics III (0.6 MB)

Lecture 4.1: Rock Mass and Concrete (0.3 MB)

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Lecture 5.1: Soil Mechanics I (3.2MB)

 Lecture 5.2:  Soil Mechanics II (2.6MB)

Lecture 6.1:  Soil Mechanics III (0.8MB)

Lecture 6.2: Hydology I (2.3MB)

Lecture 7.1: Hydrology II (3.9MB)

Lecture 7.2: Mid-term Exam.  

Week 8, Spring Break, No class.  

Lecture 9.1: Groundwater Hydrology III  (0.2MB)

Lecture 9.2: Glaciology  (4.2MB)

Lecture 10.1: Costal Processes I (0.7MB)

Lecture 10.2:  Coast processes II   (1.3MB)

Lecture 11.1: Salt water intrusion  (0.6MB)

Lecture 11.2: Mass Movement  (1.9MB)

Lecture 12.1: Landslides   (0.8MB)

Lecture12.2: Physiographic Provinces  (3.7MB)

Lecture 13.1: Rock Weathering  (4.2MB)

Lecture 13.2: Soil Profile  (1.1MB)

Lecture 14.1: Earthquake Engineering  (3.6MB)

Lecture14.2: Structural geology  (3.3MB)

Lecture 15.1: Site Envistgation  (7.5MB)

Lecture 15.2: Course Summary  (0.3MB)

Geology 377: Exploration and Engineering Seismology
Principles and applications of seismic methods of exploring the interior of the earth for exloration and engineering.

Lecture 1:  MATLAB Fundamemtals (0.1 MB)

Lecture 3:  Mathematic Fundamemtals I: Vector and tensor (0.2 MB)

Lecture 4:  Mathematic Fundamemtals II: Fourier Transform (1.5 MB)

Lecture 5:  Derivation of the Seismic Wave Equation (0.3 MB)

Lecture 6:  Seismic Wave Energy (0.2 MB)

Lecture 7:  Seismic record of the N. Korea Nuclear Test, Energy partitioning at an interface (1.1 MB)

Paper I:   McMamy et al, BSSA, 1962. (1.1 MB)

Paper II:   Tooley, et al, Geophysics, 1965. (0.7 MB)

Paper III:   Denham, Geophysics, 1984. (0.1 MB)

Lecture 9:  Multiple Surpression (0.7 MB)

Lecture 10:  Earthquake Strong Ground Motion (21.7 MB)

Lecture 11:  Static Correction and Wave-equation Redatuming (3.1 MB)

Lecture 12:  Seismic Refleciton and Migration (3.8 MB)

Geology 278/378: Environmental and Engineering Geophysics (Fall Semester)
Principles and applications of electric,  magnetic and electromagnetic methods of exploring the interior of the earth.

The Syllabus (0.1 MB)

Lecture 1:  Fundamemtals (0.6 MB)

Lecture 2: Site Investigation (10 MB)

Lecture 3: Material Properties (3.1MB)

Lecture 4: Derivation of the Maxwell's Equations (0.3 MB)

Lecture 6: DC Resisitivity (9.2 MB)

Lecture 7: Geomagnetic Surveys (7.7 MB)

Lecture 8: Induced Polarization/ Magnetic Resonance (6.7MB)

Lecture 10: Electromagnetic Induction I (2.4MB)

Lecture 11: Borehole Geophysics (3.8MB)

Lecture 12: Time Domain Electromagnetic Surveys (1.5MB)

Lecture 14: Ground Penetration Radar (GPR) (3.2MB)

Lecture 15: Course Summary (0.8MB)

Other Courses:

Geology 305: Geophysical Tomography

Geology 400-1: Physics of Earth Materials

Geology 400-2: GPS and Crustal Deformation

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