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Research Project for Mineralogy

Wendy Panero
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Ohio State University
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This page first made public: Jul 16, 2009

Summary

The assignment allows for open ended exploration of a topic of interest in geosciences in which one or more mineral's chemistry and/or crystal structure is significant to understanding that geoscience problem. Students collect data throughout the quarter, and present their projects in a department-wide poster session

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Context

Audience

Undergraduate mineralogy

Skills and concepts that students must have mastered

Developed throughout the project.

How the activity is situated in the course

This is a culminating project.

Goals

Content/concepts goals for this activity

Synthesis of concepts and skills presented in mineralogy.

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Description of the activity/assignment

Students choose a project on an area of the geosciences in which one or more mineral's chemistry and/or crystal structure is significant to understanding that geoscience problem. They then study that mineral in detail in both hand sample and on the SEM, XRF, XRD, and/or in thin section. Students may provide your own sample or use a sample from the student collection. For practicality sake, the sample must be available and not so valuable or rare that we cannot let you use pieces of it for the project. Additionally, the mineral studied in detail must be significantly different than those they will be tested on for the final exam.

Determining whether students have met the goals

Scoring rubric for the poster, 1/3 from peer review of a first draft, 2/3 from the final presentation.

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