Gly 3220, Fall 2014

Gly 3220.  Fundamentals of Mineralogy/(3), F.  The course focuses on (1) mineral identification and classification, (2) crystal chemistry, (3) X-ray diffraction, (4) analytical electron microscopy (SEM-EDS), and the petrograpic microscope. Prerequisites: Gly 1101 or consent of the instructor.  Lecture two hours; laboratory three hours.

Course Outline
(~2 hours)
(Mineral ID, ~1 hour)
Aug 19, T Introduction?What is a mineral? ch. 1 (1-10) 1. Symmetry Recognition Physical Properties (ch. 6)
Tectosilicates: Quartz, etc. (ch. 12)
21, R Symmetry elements, Systems,
Point groups
ch. 2 (18-22)  
26, T Translational symmetry ch. 2 (11-17) 2. Miller Indices,
    Stereographic Projection
Phyllosilicates: Micas, Chlorite, Serpentine, etc. (ch. 13)  
28, R Translational symmetry ch. 2 (11-17)  
Sep   2, T Crystals, face, forms ... ch. 2 (25-44)  NO LAB this week  
  9, T Line groups, Plane groups ch. 2 (23-24) 3. Plane Patterns Inosilicates:
  Amphiboles, Pyroxenes (ch. 14)
11, R Space groups ch. 2 (23-24)  
16, T Crystal chemistry ch. 4. Space Groups Cyclosilicates, Sorosilicates (ch. 15)  
18, R Crystal structure ch. 4  
23, T ***HOUR EXAM*** 5. LAB TEST (Crystallography) Nesosilicates (ch. 16)  
25, R X-ray crystallography ch. 8 (183-193)  
30, T X-ray crystallography
6.  XRD, Mineral ID LAB TEST (Mineral ID)  
Oct   2, R X-ray crystallography ch. 8 (183-193)  
  7, T Silicate minerals (Tectosilicates) ch. 12 7.  XRD, Alkali Feldspars Oxides, Oxyhydroxides (ch. 18)  
  9, R Silicate minerals (Biopyriboles)
[RIM_9a PDF]
ch. 13   
14, T SEM, EDS ch. 9 (194-200) 8. Take home assignment
   (calculate mineral formula
    from wt.% oxides)
Sulfides, Arsenides (ch. 19)
21, T SEM, EDS ch. 9 (194-200) 9. SEM-EDS Demonstration  [SEM-data-B] [SEM-data-C]  
23, R Optical mineralogy, Introduction ... ch. 7 (136-143)
28, T Optical classes
Refractometry ...
ch. 7 (143-157)
ch. 7 (175-179)
11. Refractive Index,
      Isotropic Minerals
Carbonates (ch. 17)
Sulphates, Phosphates, etc. (ch. 17)
30, R Interference colors ch. 7 (143-157)  
Nov   4, T Interference figures ch. 7 (161-174) 10. LAB TEST (XRD, SEM)
  6, R ***HOUR EXAM***  
11, T Interference figures ch. 7 (161-174) 12. Minerals in Thin Section,
      App. B
Native Elements (ch. 20)   
13, R Mineral colors ... ch. 7 (158-159  
18, T Tactics for mineral ID ch. 7 (181-182),
ch. 10 
12. Minerals in Thin Section, continued,  App. B  
20, R Optical properties of minerals
(selected topics)
ch. 12-18  
25, T Optical properties of minerals
(selected topics)
ch. 12-18 13. Minerals in Thin Section, App. B  
Dec   2, T Optical properties of minerals
(selected topics) 
ch. 12-18  14. Minerals in Thin Section, App. B  FINAL MINERAL ID   
  6, Sa   ***READING DAY***   
  9, T  ***OPTICAL LAB TEST, DUE***   
  9, T ***FINAL EXAM, Monday, 9 December, 12:00-2:30***


Nesse = Introduction to Mineralogy, 2nd Edition
Recommended = The Rock-Forming Minerals - Deer, Howie, and Zussman

Hour Exams (10% each)   20%
Lab Test  (Crystallography)   10%
Lab Test  (Mineral ID)   10%
Lab Test  (XRD, SEM)   10%
Lab Test  (Thin Sections)   10%
Final (Mineral ID)   10%
Final Exam   30%

Here are two useful web sites for mineral properties:



(For each mineral WEBMINERAL provides an image of the atomic structure.
You can manipulate the image to view the structure from any direction.)


R.N. Abbott, Rm. 121, Rankin, 
Phone: 262-3055 
Web-Site homepage:


Monday, 9:00-11:00 am, 2:00-4:00 pm 
Wednesday, 9:00-11:00
Friday, 9:00-11:00 am

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