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However, I stumbled on three unexpected but major problems when I attempted to select a textbook for my course: the reliance on standardized testing procedures, outdated data processing, and the absence of typical test results.
In reference to the first problem, most recent textbooks describe soil testing as a set of standardized procedures with little reference to the theories prompting these tests. They are useful for training laboratory technicians in testing compa- nies but are less informative to student engineers.
Any standardized testing pro- cedure is not engraved in stone-it only provides guidelines which, when followed carefully, guarantee the quality and repeatability of test results. As an educator I feel strongly th at standardized tests should not eclipse the principles that motivated the tests. In reference to the problem of outdated data processing, the textbooks on soil testing that I examined were filled with complicated and numerous data sheets.
They required students to write down their measurements and calculate results with hand calculators and archaic nomographs, such as for the hyd rometer test.
In this age of personal computers, such tedious data reduction is as ou tdated as slide rules. The first generation produced poor graphics and barely improved the hand calculator results. Both versions created many difficulties in entering data and unnecessarily confused soil testing. I found myself asking more funda- mental questions. Do students benefit from a program they do not understand? These concerns motivated the use of spreadsheet programs that have an open calculation structure e. In- itially, spreadsheets were intended for business purposes, but now they have mathematical functions and programmable custom functions that make them suit- Preface vii able for engineering.
They can reduce experimental data, plot grapbs, and print reports. The spreadsheet approach eased my apprehensions about using comput- ers in teaching experimental techniques. In fact, spreadsheets enhanced the ways my students understood physical phenomena and processed their measurements. With spreadsheets, 1 was therefore capable of addressing two of the problems found in textbooks on soil testing: the advanced data processing techniques actually helped to emphasize the principles of soil mechanics.
My stu- dents also benefited in other ways, enhancing their communication and presenta- tion skills, 1.
Experimental Soil Mechanics - Jean-Pierre Bardet
Kezuru You will be informed within 7 days if your order is not approved. Pearson Mean-pierre Education offers special pricing when you choose to package your text jean-oierre other student resources. Simply share your course goals with our world-class experts, and they will offer you a selection of outstanding, up-to-the-minute solutions. It contains more than 20 hands-on laboratory experiments, providing theory, equipment, experimental procedures, data processing, review questions and exercises. Show More Show Less. In this section: Focusing on the experimental techniques of soil mechanics and the basic principles underlying the techniques, this book looks at developments in experimental techniques as well exprrimental standard testing procedures.
Experimental soil mechanics Jean Pierre Bardet