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Mineral Structure 2

Dexter Perkins
University of North Dakota
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Introduction to some basic crystal structures.

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This exercise is designed for a mid/upper-level undergraduate geology course on the principles of mineralogy.

Skills and concepts that students must have mastered

Students should have knowledge of basic chemistry and of minerals equivalent to what they would learn in an introductory geology class.

How the activity is situated in the course

This activity is the 34th of 36 mineralogy exercises and is used at the end of the course.


Content/concepts goals for this activity

  • Become familiar with simple basic crystal structures.
  • Be able to identify and explain simple basic crystal structures.

Higher order thinking skills goals for this activity

Other skills goals for this activity

  • Learn to use graphics programs to make 2- and 3-dimensional drawings of crystal structures.
  • Be able to relate drawings of crystal structures to ball and stick and other models.

Description of the activity/assignment

Introduction to some basic crystal structures.

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