Mineralogy introduces students to the crystalline components found in rocks. Students successfully completing the course will be able to identify common minerals by their macroscopic and microscopic properties. Moreover, students completing the course will understand natural crystallization processes and products, their relationship to rock-forming processes, and how minerals record the environments of formation and subsequent alteration.
The course is divided into two components: lecture and laboratory.
Lecture will be evaluated through the following means:
Laboratory will be evaluated through the following means:
Grades will be posted regularly.
The class uses a simple (non-progressive) grading structure:
In terms of credit percentage: 90-100: A, 80-89: B, 70-79 C, 60-69 D. Accumulated scores below 60 result in an F.
Assignments may be remitted in class to the professor, in person or to his mailbox in Bolin 102. You may also scan and submit your work through email.
Late papers are the bane of our mutual existence: they are disadvantageous to you, because you fall behind the class, they are detrimental to the class, because they hold up grading, and they are disconcerting to me, because they require me to return to a previously graded assignment. In an attempt to prevent tardy assignments, you will receive 10% points on the assignment for handing it in at the due time. Any late submission will result not receive this 10%. In effect, you lose a letter grade if your assignment is late.
Needless to say, this will not be an issue if you complete your assignments well ahead of the due date.
Required. You may miss up to 3 of the lecture periods and 2 of the lab periods without penalty. For every period missed beyond the limit, I will subtract two percentage points from your final numerical score.
Note: you are still responsible for missed assignments and quizzes (most labs will include an assignment or quiz).
Mineralogy ranks is one of the most challenging classes within the undergraduate geoscience curriculum. It covers a number of abstract concepts. It incorporates attributes of inorganic chemistry, solid-state physics, and Euclidean geometry. It relies heavily on largely non-intuitive, frequently arcane, and always cumbersome nomenclature. In short, plan on spending a good portion of each week on this class.