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GEO416K_syllabus (1) - 1 EARTH MATERIALS GEO416K FALL 2010...

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1 EARTH MATERIALS, GEO416K, FALL 2010 Lecture: MWF 10-11A, JGB 2.218; Lab: JGB3.114 Class Unique Numbers: 26710, 26715, 26720, 26725, 26730, 26735, 26740, 26745 “I knock at the stone's front door./"It's only me, let me come in."/ "I don't have a door," says the stone.” Conversation with a Stone, Wislawa Szymborska Instructor: Dr. Elizabeth Catlos Office/Hours/Contact JGB3.320B, [email protected], department phone: 512-471-5172 MT11A-12P+ by appointment. TA Office/Hours/Contact Table of Contents 1. Rationale…………………………1 2.Course Aims and Objectives……..1 2.1. Aims………………………….1 2.2.Learning Objectives……… ...... 1 3. Format and Procedures…….……2 4. My Assumptions…………… ....... 2 5. Course Requirements…… ...... 2 5.1. Attendance, participation..2 5.2. Course Readings…………2 5.3. Blackboard………………3 6. Assignments, Assessment, Evaluation……………… ....... 3 7. Undergraduate Award……..…3 8. Critical Dates…………………4 9. Academic Integrity…………….4 10. Other University Notices… ...... 4 10.1. Q Drop Policy…………….4 10.2. Documented Disability…...4 10.3. Behavior Concerns…… ..... 5 10.4. Use of E-mail……………..5 10.5. Religious Holy Days……..5 10.6. Emergency Evacuation…..5 11. Tentative Course Schedule ...... 5 1. Rationale This course is geared towards introducing you to minerals, mineral study techniques, igneous and metamorphic rocks, ore deposits, and ore formation processes. Minerals are the fundamental building blocks of all rocks, and consequently the Earth and other planets. Mineralogy combines elements of physics, chemistry, math, and geology and is a descriptive, analytical, and experimental science. Mineralogists try to understand the physical properties, chemical composition, crystal structure, occurrence, and distribution of minerals, and the physical and chemical processes that lead to the formation and destruction of minerals in nature. Knowledge of mineralogy is the basis for the understanding of geological processes, including the formation 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 focus primarily on igneous and metamorphic rocks (as opposed to sedimentary rocks), and ore deposits . Minerals stimulate the development of important technological materials (metals, semiconductors, building materials, glasses, ceramics). Many modern analytical methods and instruments were developed so that mineralogical and geochemical problems could be solved. 2. Course Aims and Objectives 2.1. Aims The goal of this course is to improve your understanding the physical, chemical, crystallographic and structural properties of rocks and minerals. You will identify a range of minerals, and also igneous and metamorphic rocks. You will learn why these substances are important in our day-to-day lives.
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