GEOS 202 Spring 2013 Mineralogy and Geochemistry

With a title merging two inter-related fields, this course could be subtitled "An Introduction to Earth Materials and Analytical Techniques." As the basis for all subsequent solid-earth courses in the major, it provides a systematic framework for the study of minerals - Earth's building blocks: their physical and chemical properties at all scales and the common analytical methods used to identify and interpret them. The course progresses from hand-specimen morphology and crystallography through element distribution and crystal chemistry to the phase relations, compositional variation, and mineral associations within major rock-forming mineral systems. Laboratory work includes the determination of crystal symmetry; mineral separation; the principles and applications of optical emission spectroscopy; wavelength- and energy-dispersive x-ray spectrochemical analysis; x-ray diffraction; the use of the petrographic microscope; and the identification of important minerals in hand specimen and thin section.
Class Format: lecture, three hours per week; laboratory, three hours per week; independent study of minerals in hand specimen; one afternoon field trip
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on one hour test, lab work, and a final exam
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Prerequisites: one 100-level Geosciences course or consent of the instructor
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Divisional Attributes: Division III
Other Attributes: GEOS Solid Earth Courses,MTSC Related Courses
Enrollment Limit: none
Expected Enrollment: 12
Class Number: 3172
GEOS202-01(S) LEC Mineralogy and Geochemistry Division 3: Science and Mathematics Bud Wobus
TR 08:30 AM-09:45 AM Clark Hall 205 3172
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