Tulane University, Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences

Earth & Environmental Sciences 2110

MINERALOGY

Prof. Stephen A. Nelson

snelson@tulane.edu

Fall 2014
 

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Course Announcements Course Syllabus Lecture Notes  Web Links

 

 


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August 26, 2014 - For this course you will need to know the chemical formula of the common minerals as listed HERE.  I recommend you print the PDF version of this file and get started right away.

 

 

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Lecture Notes

Note:  Two versions of each set of lecture notes are shown in the table below.  The first is in html format, optimized for viewing on the Web at screen resolutions greater than 800x600.  You can print this version directly from your Web browser, but there is no guarantee that the pages will break where they are supposed to, since each person's browser can be set up differently (margins, fonts, font sizes, etc.).  

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Special Note on Web Browsers.  Different web browsers have different ways of displaying the Greek Character set used in some of these web pages.   These are characters like - Δ Σ α β etc. If these characters do not show up as Greek characters, your browser doesn't recognize the method I used to create the page.   Internet Explorer, in particular has difficulty with these characters.  The alternative is to use a different browser (Firefox or Safari) to view the html files or to use the PDF files where all fonts are rendered correctly.

Note: Only documents with a *  have been updated for the Fall 2014 semester

Elements of Crystal Symmetry*

 

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External Symmetry of Crystals, 32 Crystal Classes*

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Crystal Morphology, Crystal Symmetry, Crystallographic Axes *

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Axial Ratios, Weiss Parameters, Miller Indices*

 

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Crystal Forms, Zones, &  Habit*

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Stereographic Projection of Crystal Faces*

 

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Crystallographic Calculations*

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X-ray Crystallography: the Powder Method*

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Twinning, Polymorphism, Polytypism, Pseudomorphism*

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Physical Properties of Minerals*

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 Crystal Chemistry*

 

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Coordination and Pauling's Rules*

 

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Mineral Chemistry*

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Mineral Stability, Phase  Diagrams*

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Binary Phase Diagrams*


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Properties of Light and the Examination of Isotropic Substances*

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Uniaxial Minerals, Uniaxial Indicatrix, Optic Sign, & Ray Path*

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Interference Phenomena, Compensation and Optic Sign*

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Biaxial Minerals*

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Silicate Structures, Structural Formula,  Neso-, Cyclo-, and Soro- Silicates*

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Inosilicates (Pyroxenes and Amphiboles)*

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Phyllosilicates (Micas, Chlorite, Talc, & Serpentine)*

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Weathering and Clay Minerals*

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Tectosilicates, Carbonates, Oxides, & Accessory Minerals

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Links to Mineralogy Web Sites of Interest

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