Simple Peritectic Exercise: Leucite-Quartz

Dexter Perkins
University of North Dakota
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Initial Publication Date: June 9, 2008 | Reviewed: August 4, 2022


This can be done as an in-class exercise (I use it as a group project) or as homework. It is intended to help students learn how to interpret and use peritectic diagrams.

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This exercise is designed for a sophomore or junior level required undergraduate course in petrology.

Skills and concepts that students must have mastered

Students should have a basic understanding of how to use a peritectic diagram.

How the activity is situated in the course

This activity is a stand-alone exercise.


Content/concepts goals for this activity

The goals of this activity are to have students use and interpret simple peritectic diagrams.

Higher order thinking skills goals for this activity

This activity involves data analysis.

Other skills goals for this activity

This activity may involve working in groups.

Description of the activity/assignment

This is a short exercise that tests student's knowledge of interpreting peritectic diagrams. The handout provides a diagram with questions to test students' comprehension of the diagram.

Determining whether students have met the goals

Students have met the goals of this activity if they are able to answer the embedded questions completely and accurately.

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