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Point Groups

Joseph Smyth
University of Colorado at Boulder
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  • Pedagogic Effectiveness
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This page first made public: Jul 8, 2009


This mineralogy problem set tasks students with determining the point group Hermann-Mauguin symbol and crystal system for crystal stereograms.

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This problem set is used as a problem set for an undergraduate course in mineralogy.

Skills and concepts that students must have mastered

Students should understand basic crystal symmetry.

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This is a stand-alone exercise that can be used as a homework assignment.


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Description of the activity/assignment

This 15-question problem set challenges students to determine the point group Hermann-Mauguin symbol and crystal system for each crystal stereogram.

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Students have successfully met the goals of this problem set if they complete the problem set correctly.

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This problem set is the 2nd of 10 homework assignments used in a Mineralogy course.
You can also access the course syllabus which includes lecture Powerpoints, practice exams, and links to the other problem sets used in this course.

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