# Terzaghi's Bearing Capacity - Strip Foundation

# Notation and Units

## Metric and Imperial Units

The above formulas may be used with both imperial and metric units. As with all calculations care must be taken to keep consistent units throughout with examples of units which should be adopted listed below:

# Notation

- B = width of strip foundation, ft or m
- c' = effective cohesion of soil, lb/ft
^{2}or kN/m^{2} - D
_{f}= depth of ground foundation measured from ground surface, ft or m - K
_{p}= passive pressure coefficient - N
_{c}, N_{q}, N_{γ}= bearing capacity factors - q = effective unit weight of soil (refer modification for a water table), lb/ft
^{3}or kN/m^{3} - q
_{u}= ultimate bearing capacity, lb/ft^{2}or kN/m^{2}(kPa) - γ = unit weight of soil, lb/ft
^{3}or kN/m^{3} - ϕ' = effective angle of internal friction, degrees