Mineralogy
Lecture Schedule - Fall 2016

8/25 Half-period class on Thursday, No class on Friday
8/29 Introduction - composition of the Earth;
atomic structure & periodicity; Bohr atom.
9/5 Quantum principles. nature of the chemical bond; graphite vs. diamond; atomic radii; coordination and packing.
9/12
Crystal chemistry; coordination polyhedra and Pauling's principles; isomorphism; atomic substitution and Goldschmidt's rules; volume & density.
!!!!!! FIRST EXAM - Friday, September 16 (CRYSTAL CHEMISTRY)
9/19 Crystallography - symmetry & unit cells; lattices and symmetry operations; crystal systems and classes; the holosymmetric class; space groups.
9/26 Crystal description - Miller indices; interfacial angles and axial ratios; forms; twinning.
10/3 Color, fluorescence and phosphorescence; gems; magnetic and electrical properties; x-ray crystallography and Bragg's Law.
!!!!!! SECOND EXAM - Friday, October 7 (CRYSTALOGRAPHY, COLOR & PHYSICAL PROPERTIES)
10/10 No class on Monday, Mid-term recess - Optical mineralogy - nature of light; optical classification of crystals; refractive indices; isotropic crystal optics;
10/17
Uniaxial crystal optics; & the indicatrix; Interference colors and interference figures; birefringence; pleochroism; optic signs;
10/24
Biaxial crystal optics; Bxa and Bxo
10/31
The Silicate Minerals - structure and classification;
Framework silicates - The feldspars;
The silica minerals - quartz, tridymite, cristobalite
11/7
Sheet silicates; Chain silicates - amphiboles & pyroxenes
!!!!!! THIRD EXAM - Friday, November 11 (OPTICAL MINERALOGY)
11/14 Island, couplet, and ring silicates
11/21
No class or lab this week - Thanksgiving Recess.
11/28 Metallic mineral deposits; oxides & hydroxides; spinel group; carbonates, borates, phosphates and sulfates.
12/5
Last week of classes - Native elements; sulfides and sulfosalts; secondary enrichment; halides. Final remarks.
 
FINAL EXAM - Thursday, December 15th, 12 to 2 p.m.


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