Mineral Synthesis and X-Ray Diffraction Experiments
This activity was peer reviewed prior to publication in the Teaching Mineralogy Workbook.
This teaching activity was originally published in: Brady, J., Mogk, D. W., and Perkins, D., (editors), 1997, "Teaching Mineralogy," a workbook published by the Mineralogical Society of America, 406 pp. All teaching activities in this volume received two external peer reviews from mineralogy faculty focused on content and pedagogy, and a final review by the co-editors to comply with the publication standards of the Mineralogical Society of America.
This page first made public: May 9, 2008
Skills and concepts that students must have mastered
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Content/concepts goals for this activity
- give students a better understanding of how and why mineralogical reactions occur
- give students a practical introduction into the use of an X-ray diffractometer
- teach students to be creative, critical and analytical in the face of confusing or ambiguous data
- give students an understanding of, and appreciation for, the way scientists think and work.
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Determining whether students have met the goals
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- Assignment description, hand outs, and instructor's notes. (Microsoft Word 103kB May9 08)
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