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1. CE Licensure Examination, November 2009. Dry soil is mixed with 14.5% by


weight with water and then compacted. The moist soil has a volume of 1 x 10-3 m3
and a mass of 1.6 kg. The soil solids have specific gravity of 2.61. Determine:
a. The dry unit weight of the soil in kN/m3.
b. The void ratio of the soil.
c. The degree of saturation of the soil.
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2. CE Licensure Examination, November 2007. A soil sample taken from sub grade
have a density of 1900 kg/m3 with moisture content of 11%. Laboratory tests
reveals that the soil solids have density of 2660 kg/m3 and the maximum and
minimum void ratios of the soil mass are 0.63 and 0.44, respectively. Determine:
a. The dry unit weight of the soil in kN/m3.
b. The void ratio of the sample.
c. The relative density of the sample.
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3. CE Licensure Examination, November 2003. A fully saturated clay sample has a


mass of 1526 grams. After oven-drying, its mass was reduced to 1053 grams. The
specific gravity of soil particles is 2.7. Determine:
a. The natural water content of the sample in percent.
b. The void ratio in percent.
c. The porosity in percent.
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4. CE Licensure Examination, May 2003. The following data was obtained from
laboratory tests for a cohesive specimen: moisture content was 22.5%; G = 2.60;
and to determine the approximate unit weight, a sample having a mass of 224 g
was placed in a 500 cm3 container with 382 cm 3 of water required to fill the
container.
a. The total unit weight of the soil sample in kN/m 3.
b. The dry unit weight of the soil sample in kN/m3.
c. The void ratio, e.
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5. CE Licensure Examination, November 2002. Given the following characteristics of


a soil sample:
Volume = 0.5 cubic ft
Mass = 56.7 pound mass
The solids have specific gravity of 2.69. After oven drying, the mass of the soil was
48.7 pounds. Determine:
a. The density of the in-situ soil.
b. The porosity of the in-situ soil.
c. The degree of saturation of the in-situ soil.
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6. CE Licensure Examination, November 2001. A 480 cc soil sample taken from the
site weighs 850.5 grams. After oven drying, it weighed 594.4 grams. If the specific
gravity of solids is 2.72, determine the degree of saturation of the soil.
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7. CE Licensure Examination, May 2001. A clay sample has the following properties:

Porosity = 0.35 (in situ)


Maximum void ratio = 0.85
Minimum void ratio = 0.42
Specific gravity of solids = 2.72
Moisture content = 62%
Determine the dry unit weight of the soil in its natural state, in pcf.
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8. CE Licensure Examination, May 2001. A soil sample in its natural state has a wet
density of 155.1 pcf and a moisture content of 36%. After compaction, it's
maximum dry density is 118.5 pcf. Determine the percent compaction of the soil.
G = 2.65
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9. A moist soil has a void ratio of 0.65. The moisture content of the soil is 14% and G
= 2.7. Determine:

a. Porosity
b. Degree of saturation (%)
c. Dry unit weight (kN/m3)
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10. For the soil described in Problem 9:


a. What would be the saturated unit weight in kN/m 3?
b. How much water, in kN/m3, needs to be added to the soil for complete
saturation?
c. What would be the moist unit weight in kN/m 3 when the degree of saturation
is 70%?
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11. The moist unit weight of a soil is 119.5 lb/ft3. For a moisture content of 12% and
G = 2.65, calculate:
a. Void ratio
b. Porosity
c. Degree of saturation
d. Dry unit weight
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12. A saturated soil specimen has w = 36% and dry unit weight of 85.43 lb/ft3.
Determine:
a. Void ratio
b. Porosity
c. Specific gravity of soil solids
d. Saturated unit weight (in lb/ft3)
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13. The laboratory test results of a sand are e max = 0.91, emin = 0.48, G = 2.67. What
would be the dry and moist unit weights of this sand when compacted at a
moisture content of 10% to a relative density of 65%?
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14. The maximum and minimum dry unit weights of a sand are 17.1 kN/m 3 and 14.2
kN/m3, respectively. The sand in the field has a relative density of 70% with a
moisture content of 8%. Determine the moist unit weight of the sand in the field.
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15. The table below shows the laboratory results of the sieve analysis of a sample with
a liquid limit of 22 and plasticity index of 8. Classify the soil according to the
AASHTO Soil Classification System. Compute also the group index.

Sieve No. Diameter (mm) Percent Passing, %


4 4.76 90
8 2.38 64
10 2.00 58
20 0.84 35
40 0.42 22
60 0.25 15
100 0.149 10
200 0.074 4
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16. The laboratory test results of six soils are given in the following table. Classify the
soils by the ASSHTO Soil Classification System and give the group indices.

Sieve Analysis-Percent Passing


Soil
Sieve No. A B C D E F
4 100 100 95 95 100 100
10 95 80 80 90 94 94
40 82 61 54 79 76 86
200 65 55 8 64 33 76
Liquid Limit 42 38 NP 35 38 52
Plastic Limit 26 25 NP 26 25 28
*NP Non Plastic