Making Good Looking Diagrams from Theriak-Domino Output

Dexter Perkins
University of North Dakota
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Initial Publication Date: June 17, 2011 | Reviewed: January 17, 2015


This is a complementary exercise that follows "Using Theriak-Domino to Calculate Equilibrium Phase Diagrams." I have students do this because it brings closure to the other exercise and it teaches students how to produce good, high-quality diagrams that might be used in publications or reports.

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I use this in my junior level petrology class.

Skills and concepts that students must have mastered

They must have generated diagrams using Theriak-Domino for this particular exercise. But, the graphics skills they learn can be used for many other things too.

How the activity is situated in the course

This is sort of a final "cleaning up" part of a longer module involving exercises in thermodynamics, phase diagrams, and computer modelling. It is not absolutely necessary that students do this in my class, but it works well, teaches them valuable skills, and they LIKE it.


Content/concepts goals for this activity

There are no geological/petrological goals. The goal is to teach students how to make good looking graphics from typical confusing/poor computer-generated graphics.

Higher order thinking skills goals for this activity

Students learn about graphics composition, design and layout.

Other skills goals for this activity

The goal is to teach students how to make good looking graphics from typical computer-generated graphics.

Description of the activity/assignment

This activity is a straightforward project that involves starting with bad looking computer-generated diagrams and making them beautiful and ready for publication.

Determining whether students have met the goals

If students produce something nice and publishable, they have accomplished the goals. If they don't we talk to them about things they need to consider next time.

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Supporting references/URLs

Key supporting exercises (also in the SERC collection) are:
-Calculating a Phase Diagram using TWQ
-Using Theriak-Domino to Calculate Equilibrium Phase Diagrams