Afternoon Session of FE Exam -
Civil Discipline

Soil Mechanics and Foundations Topic Area



The following subtopics are covered in the Soil Mechanics and Foundations portion of the afternoon, Civil Discipline examination:

A. Index properties and soil classifications
B. Phase relations (air-water-solid)
C. Laboratory and field tests
D. Effective stress (buoyancy)
E. Retaining walls (e.g., active pressure/passive pressure)
F. Shear strength
G. Bearing capacity (cohesive and noncohesive)
H. Foundation types (e.g., spread footings, piles, wall footings, mats)
I. Consolidation and differential settlement
J. Seepage
K. Slope stability (e.g., fills, embankments, cuts, dams)
L. Soil stabilization (e.g., chemical additives, geosynthetics)

The Soil Mechanics and Foundations portion covers approximately 15% of the afternoon session test content.