GEOS 21005/31005: Mineral Science
University of Chicago, Winter 2016

Course Description
This course examines the relationship between the structure of minerals, their chemistry, and their physical properties. Topics include crystallography, defect properties, phase transitions, and analytical tools, followed by detailed study of specific mineral groups or mineralogical topics. Prereq: GEOS21000 or consent of instructor.

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

Andrew Campbell
Hinds 521; (773) 834-1085
Office hours: drop by or make an appointment

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

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

    Introduction to Mineralogy, by W. D. Nesse (ISBN 0195106911).
Manual of Mineral Science, 23rd edition, by C. Klein and B. Dutrow (ISBN 0471721573). Older editions will also serve you well.
Mineralogy and Optical Mineralogy, by M. D. Dyar, M. E. Gunter, and D. Tasa (ISBN 0939950812). Includes useful software.
Minerals: Their Constitution and Origin, by H.-R. Wenk and A. Bulakh (ISBN 0521529581).
In addition, you may find the following helpful for specific aspects of mineralogy:
    An Introduction to the Rock-Forming Minerals, 2nd 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.
I also recommend that you learn to use software that displays mineral crystal structures. For example, I like XtalDraw, a free Windows-based program available from the University of Arizona.

Course Outline
     Mineral Classification
     Crystallography and Crystal Chemistry
     Analytical and Experimental Methods
     Maybe Defect Properties
Review of Major Minerals
     Mineralogy of the Core
     Mineralogy of the Mantle
     Mineralogy of the Crust
     Extraterrestrial Mineralogy
Possible Specialized Topics
     Nanominerals and Biominerals
     Ores and Industrial Minerals