This introductory text/reference is a practical guide for soil mechanics principles, with application to real-world foundation design situations. It is presented in a clear, direct style with just enough mathematics to support the design concepts. There are ample diagrams, charts, and illustrations throughout to support the concepts. Some key features of the fifth edition include: A new section on soil stabilization. New application to current foundation design problems. Fundamental principles of soil mechanics are presented with many worked-out examples.Liu, Cheng is the author of 'Soils and Foundations' with ISBN 9780130255174 and ISBN 0130255173.