Fall 2018Page 1GEO416K: Earth MaterialsCourse OverviewThis course is geared towards introducing you to minerals,mineral study techniques, igneous and metamorphic rocks, oredeposits, and ore formation processes. Minerals are thefundamental building blocks of all rocks, and consequently theEarth and other planets. Mineralogy combines elements ofphysics, chemistry, math, and geology and is a descriptive,analytical, and experimental science. Mineralogists try tounderstand the physical properties, chemical composition, crystalstructure, occurrence, and distribution of minerals, and thephysical and chemical processes that lead to the formation anddestruction of minerals in nature.Woodcut from the father ofmineralogy, GeorgiusAgricola’s, De Re Metallica.Men cut and use divining rodsto locate minerals. 1556.Knowledge of mineralogy is the basis for the understanding of geological processes,including the creation and alteration of the Earth and other planets as a function of time.Many minerals influence the economy and play a meaningful role in political decision-making. This course will also focus on igneous and metamorphic rocks (as opposed tosedimentary rocks), and ore deposits. Minerals stimulate the development of criticaltechnological materials (metals, semiconductors, building materials, glasses, ceramics).Many modern analytical methods and instruments were developed so that mineralogicaland geochemical problems could be solved.TextbooksRequired: Earth Materials: Introduction to Mineralogy and Petrology,Cornelius Kleinand Anthony Philpotts,Cambridge University Press. ISBN-10: 052114521X and ISBN-13:978-0521145213.Required: GEO416K Earth Materials,Elizabeth Catlos,Kendall Hunt Publishers. ISBN-1465219102 and 9781465219107. An e-book is available.Required: Introduction to Optical Mineralogy, 4thedition,William D. Nesse,OxfordUniversity Press. ISBN 0199846278.Library Reserves: Copies of these are available in the Geology Library (JGB4.202) for aloan period of 2 hoursAnother item:Hand lens (loupe 10X is fine, available online retailers)Assignments, Assessment, and EvaluationLecture Exam 1 (15%) multiple choiceLecture Exam 2 (also Final Exam) (20%) multiple choiceLab Exams (3, all equally weighted) (35%) short answerLab Exercises (20%) short answerCourse Project (10%) short answerFinal Grades: A 89.5-100%; B 89.4-79.5%; C 79.4-69.5%; D 69.4-59.5%, F < 59.4%InstructorDr. Elizabeth CatlosPhone512-471-4762Email[email protected]Office LocationJGB3.320BOffice HoursBy appointment usingavailable times on CanvasLecture Hours/LocationMWF 10-10:50AJGB 2.216Lab LocationEPS 2.102Class Unique Numbers26985, 26900, 26905,26910, 26915
Fall 2018Page 2The policy concerning make-up exams.Inform Dr. Catlos and your TA at least one week before missing an exam ifpossible. Documentation is required, and we will reschedule the makeup exam as soon as possible.