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Symmetry Summary

Dexter Perkins
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University of North Dakota
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Summary

This summary exercise involves crystal system and point group identification and stereo diagram construction.

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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 29th of 36 mineralogy exercises and is used towards the end of the course.

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Description of the activity/assignment

This summary exercise involves crystal system and point group identification and stereo diagram construction. Students are presented with 5 blocks and for each block they must determine it's point group and crystal system, make stereo diagrams showing all symmetry and faces, and draw the blocks by hand or with SHAPE and label the Miller Indices.

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