GEOSCI 231 - Elements of Mineralogy
Section: 001
Term: FA 2007
Subject: Geological Sciences (GEOSCI)
Department: LSA Earth & Environmental Sciences
Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
BS
Credit Exclusions:
No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in GEOSCI 431. Those with credit for GEOSCI 232 may elect GEOSCI 231 for only 2 credits.
Advisory Prerequisites:
Prior or concurrent enrollment in CHEM 125/126/130 or 210/211.
Other Course Info:
F.
BS:
This course counts toward the 60 credits of math/science required for a Bachelor of Science degree.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This course offers a comprehensive introduction to the nature, properties, structures, and modes of occurrence of minerals. The general features of the common rock-forming minerals are covered in lectures (3 hours per week). Topics that will be covered include an introduction to crystal chemistry, phase equilibria and crystallography, as well as the use of the SEM and XRD in characterizing solids. The principal rock-forming minerals such as sulfides, oxides, carbonates, garnets, olivines, pyroxenes, amphiboles, micas, and feldspars are individually reviewed with respect to properties, structures, genesis, and their natural associations. The laboratory (three hours per week) includes systematic study of the properties and associations of the common rock-forming minerals and the routine use of the polarizing microscope for mineral identifications. In early October, there is a required four-day field trip to Bancroft, Ontario. Students will each collect a rock-forming mineral and prepare a term paper on a study using different experimental (e.g., optics, XRD and SEM) and theoretical methods. This provides an independent research experience. The grade is based on two midterms and a final exam, laboratory exercises, the term project, and class participation. Required text: Introduction to Mineralogy (Hardcover) by William D. Nesse, Oxford University Press.

GEOSCI 231 is a prerequisite to the Geological Sciences concentration program in the Department of Geological Sciences.

GEOSCI 231 - Elements of Mineralogy
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 
12369
Open
5
 
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MWF 10:00AM - 11:00AM
002 (LAB)
P
12370
Open
2
 
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Tu 1:00PM - 4:00PM
Tu 1:00PM - 4:00PM
003 (LAB)
P
17589
Open
3
 
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Th 2:00PM - 5:00PM
Th 2:00PM - 5:00PM
004 (REC)
 
17761
Open
5
 
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Th 1:00PM - 2:00PM
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