GEOS 21000/31000: Mineralogy
University of Chicago, Winter 2017

Course Description
This course covers structure, chemical composition, stability, and occurrence of major rock-forming minerals. Labs concentrate on mineral identification with the optical microscope. Prereq: CHEM 11100-11200-11300 or equivalent.

Lectures
Tu, Th 10:30-11:50
HGS 180

Instructor
Andrew Campbell
Hinds 521; (773) 834-1085
campbell@geosci.uchicago.edu
Office hours by appointment
Labs
Tu 2:00-4:50 or We 2:00-4:50
HGS 313

Teaching Assistant
Bethany Chidester
Hinds 477
chidesterba@uchicago.edu
Office hours TBA
 
 
 

Teaching Assistant
Anne Davis
Hinds 381
ahdavis@uchicago.edu
Office hours TBA

Class Website
The syllabus and other class materials will be posted on Chalk.

Textbooks
No specific textbook is required for this course. However, you will find that a standard mineralogy text is a very useful reference, not only for this course but for your remaining studies and beyond. I recommend any of the following:

    Manual of Mineral Science, 23rd edition, by C. Klein and B. Dutrow (ISBN 0471721573). Older editions will also serve you well.
Introduction to Mineralogy, by W. D. Nesse (ISBN 0195106911).
Minerals: Their Constitution and Origin, by H.-R. Wenk and A. Bulakh (ISBN 0521529581).
Mineralogy and Optical Mineralogy, by M. D. Dyar, M. E. Gunter, and D. Tasa (ISBN 0939950812). Includes useful software.

In addition, you may find the following helpful for specific aspects of mineralogy:
    An Introduction to the Rock-Forming Minerals, 3rd edition, by Deer, Howie, and Zussman (ISBN 0582300940). Solid reference for mineral descriptions.
Crystallography and Crystal Chemistry, by F. D. Bloss (ISBN 0939950375). Well written and well illustrated.
Introduction to Crystallography, by D. E. Sands (ISBN 0486678393). Concise.
An Introduction to the Mineral Sciences, by A. Putnis (ISBN 0521429471). Interesting twist on mineralogy, with an emphasis on defects, kinetics, and phase transformations.

Course Outline
The course will cover mineralogical concepts and mineral descriptions in parallel. Likely subjects include:

Overview of mineral chemistry
Unit cells; Bravais lattices
Pauling's Rules
Simple structures; close packing
Point symmetry
Space symmetry
X-ray diffraction
Chemical analysis
Phase diagrams
Defects
Color and optical properties
Native elements
Oxides
Halides
Hydroxides
Silicates:
  nesosilicates
  sorosilicates
  cyclosilicates
  inosilicates
  phyllosilicates
  tectosilicates
  octohedral silicates
Carbonates
Sulfates
Phosphates
Other -ates
Sulfides
Laboratory exercises will include mineral identification by optical microscopy and hand specimens.

Grades

Labs
Midterm
Final
50%
20%
30%