Geology 318: Mineralogy Class TopicsThe major headings below (bold/black capitals) provide a general outline, but this class uses spiral learning so many topics are visited in several different contexts.
Class topics and activities vary somewhat from year to year. Click to link to more information about any given class in 2005.
INTRODUCTION AND REVIEW OF CHEMISTRY1. Introduction to class. This is key information that sets the "tone" of the studio class.
2. Review of chemistry.
INTRODUCTION TO HAND SPECIMEN IDENTIFICATION AND INSTRUMENTATION3. Identify minerals in hand specimen; Introduction to X-ray machine and petrographic microscope.
4. How do minerals form? More mineral identification.
IGNEOUS MINERALS AND IGNEOUS ROCKS5. Interpreting X-ray patterns; Identifying dark colored igneous minerals.
6. Igneous rocks and minerals; Identifying light colored minerals.
7. Exam #1; Introduction to phase diagrams.
8. Phase diagrams; Igneous mineral identification.
SEDIMENTARY MINERALS AND SEDIMENTARY ROCKS9. Reflect on learning; Sedimentary minerals.
10. Different kinds of silicates; Start experimental study; Practical optical microscopy.
11. Continue experiments; Shapes of crystals.
METAMORPHIC MINERALS AND METAMORPHIC ROCKS12. Metamorphic minerals; Finish experiments; Practical X-ray diffraction.
13. Practical X-ray diffraction; Metamorphic minerals and introduction to thermodynamics.
ORE MINERALS AND ORE DEPOSITS14. Exam 2; Ore minerals.
15. Economic minerals; Mineral commodities.
SYMMETRY AND CRYSTALLOGRAPHY16. Introduction to symmetry.
17. Symmetry; Mineral photography
18. Symmetry and point groups.
19. Symmetry, point groups, lattices and systems.
20. Catch up; How to make a web page.
21. Exam 3; Crystallography; Reflect on learning.
X-RAY THEORY AND APPLICATIONS22. X-ray theory; Creating web pages.
ARRANGEMENT OF ATOMS IN MINERALS23. Atoms in minerals.
24. Crystal structures; Rock forming minerals.
25. Rock forming minerals: structure, composition, properties.
26. Poster presentations and gallery walk.
27. Final assessment and reflection.