Geology 314: Mineralogy
Aley El-Din El-Shazly
T, Th 9:30 – 10:45
: W: 1:00 – 2:50 p.m.
For the labs, please plan on spending a minimum of 2 extra hours each week, working on
your samples/ thin sections. You are all majors, and you do need to become experts in
M, T, W, Th: 11:00 – 12:00, T, W: 3:00 – 4:00, or
. You could
always send me e-mail, and I will get back to you as soon as possible. I also have an open door
policy, if you cannot make it to my office hours, and I'm in my office between 9:00 and 4:00
p.m., it doesn't hurt to check with me; .
.. if I'm free, I'll be more than happy to help you. I strongly
encourage you to come and talk to me if you have any problems with the class, so that we can
solve them early on!
General Course objectives:
(1) To develop a basic understanding of (i) chemical bonding and
internal structure of minerals, (ii) principles of crystallography, (iii) techniques used for
identification of minerals, (2) To develop the ability to identify minerals in hand-specimen and
thin section; (3) To understand the different processes of mineral formation; and (4) to develop
some appreciation for the application of mineral science to everyday life.
The textbook for this course is "Introduction to Mineralogy" by William Nesse,
2000. This excellent textbook is
! The lab manual: “Petrography of Igneous &
Metamorphic Rocks” by Anthony Philpotts (1989) is
. You will need to
buy it anyway for your Ig-Met class, so might as well buy it now!
: Geol 110 or 200,
Chem 211, 212
. Please go over the electronic structure of atoms
and Bonding before this class!
2 Tests (Mid-terms) 30%, Final Exam: 30%, Labs (including 2 lab tests & several HW
assignments + field trip report) 30%, Lab project: 10%. The final exam will be comprehensive,
and will include a few essay type questions as well as short answer (e.g. Compare and contrast;
Give reasons for , .
.... etc.). The short answer and objective type questions are designed to
evaluate your level of understanding and overall knowledge of the subject matter. The few essay