Frederick Community College
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Observational Skills in a Simple Crystal Growing Experiment part of Geoscience in Two-year Colleges:Activities
The purpose of this activity is to acquaint students with the basic geometry of crystals using an inquiry-based format that will include detailed observations and interpretations of those observations. Students grow selected crystals and observe their growth using a stereo-microscope. This allows for a more accurate determination of the geometry of the crystals grown. Students are then introduced to the geometric properties of each crystal system and use their observations to determine the system for each solution. Students may comment on the symmetry content of each solution observed if possible.