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This homework assignment is designed to help students learn about mineral densities and cell edge lengths by having them calculate each.
This assignment is designed for an undergraduate required course in mineralogy.
Skills and concepts that students must have mastered
Students should have basic mathematics skills.
How the activity is situated in the course
This problem set is a stand-alone homework assignment.
Content/concepts goals for this activity
This assignment helps students understand how to calculate mineral densities based on cell edge length.
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Description of the activity/assignment
Students are given cubic cell edge dimensions and asked to calculate mineral densities and vice versa. The final question of this homework assignment provides students with a mineral density and unit cell edge length in order to determine the number of formula units per cell.
Determining whether students have met the goals
Students have met the goals of this assignment if they complete it accurately and show their work.
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This problem set is the 6th
of 10 homework assignments used in a Mineralogy course.
You can also access the course syllabus
which includes lecture Powerpoints, practice exams, and links to the other problem sets used in this course.