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Stereo Diagrams

Dexter Perkins
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University of North Dakota
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Summary

This exercise is an introduction to stereo diagrams.

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Context

Audience

This exercise is designed for a mid/upper-level undergraduate geology course on the principles of mineralogy.

Skills and concepts that students must have mastered

Students should have knowledge of basic chemistry and of minerals equivalent to what they would learn in an introductory geology class.

How the activity is situated in the course

This activity is the 27th of 36 mineralogy exercises and is used towards the end of the course.

Goals

Content/concepts goals for this activity

  • Be able to create and interpret stereo diagrams.

Higher order thinking skills goals for this activity

  • Translate real objects into graphical representations and abstract models.

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Description of the activity/assignment

This exercise is an introduction to stereo diagrams. Students draw stereo diagrams for various models, determine the point group and crystal system of certain crystal shapes, and determine which block models match given stereo diagrams.

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