June 24, 2017
June 24, 2017
June 28, 2017
Engineering Physics & Physics
"Teaching/Learning Soil Mechanics with Mnemonics, Intuition, Insight and Inspiration (MI3)"
ABSTRACT: This paper focuses on soil mechanics/physics engineering education with mnemonics, intuition, insight and inspirational study. One of the early giants of soil mechanics pioneers, Ralph Peck, Prof. Karl Terzaghi’s assistant once said that “Soil has a merit of memory and it never lies, people, however, sometimes do”. Nene and Landge (2009)  summarized mnemonics as “the art of assisting the memory, by using a system of artificial aids - rhymes, rules, phrases, diagrams, acronyms and other devices—all to help in the recall of fundamentals of soil mechanics concepts, names, principles, facts and figures, etc.” We all have used this technique knowingly or unknowingly in our life and educational learning. Many engineering subjects, for example, soil mechanics, contain abstract concepts, principles and ideas. In the beginning, soil mechanics may appear hard for students to visualize, comprehend and remember at first. As a professor instructing soil mechanics and geotechnical engineering, we are obligated to help and motivate students to learn as much as possible besides developing their enthusiasm for the soil mechanics subject. To achieve these objectives, educators and many authors of classical textbooks on geotechnical engineering have used effective methods of teaching which strengthens these concepts and help students to retain, retrieve and apply the concepts mastered in soil mechanics class. The paper presents some of the effective mnemonics techniques learned or created over the years which should be helpful for teaching and learning soil mechanics. Students are also encouraged to cultivate their own mnemonics, intuition, insight and become inspired by their own independent study or reading inspiring pioneers of soil mechanics creators and developers.
Li, J., & Zhai, J. (2017, June), Teaching/Learning Soil Mechanics with Mnemonics, Intuition, Insight and Inspiration Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. 10.18260/1-2--28930
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