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Constructing a two component phase diagram using experimental data in the hypothetical system A-B

R. K. Smith
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The University of Texas at San Antonio

Summary

The purpose of this exercise is to give students the experience of constructing a hypothetical two component T-X phase diagram from "experimentally" obtained data and the kinds of data that are involved.

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Context

Audience

This exercise is designed for a sophomore or junior level petrology course that is required for majors.

Skills and concepts that students must have mastered

Students should be familiar with phase diagrams.

How the activity is situated in the course

This is a stand-alone exercise.

Goals

Content/concepts goals for this activity

This activity is designed to improve students' understanding of constructing and interpreting phase diagrams.

Higher order thinking skills goals for this activity

This activity involves critical thinking, synthesis of ideas, and data analysis.

Other skills goals for this activity

This activity may involve group work.

Description of the activity/assignment

The purpose of this exercise is to give students the experience of constructing a hypothetical two component T-X phase diagram from "experimentally" obtained data and the kinds of data that are involved.

Determining whether students have met the goals

Students have successfully completed this exercise if they completely and accurately answer the questions and follow instructions given in the exercise handout.

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