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Virtual Mineral LabName(s)_Brandon Mainock____________________Modified from the original lab which was developed by Dr. Kate Bulinski, Bellarmine UniversityCompanion online unknown samples and supplementary resources from Dr. Scott Brande, University of Alabama BirminghamGrade scheme is as follows:0 - did not complete6 – minimal effort, single sentence or sentence fragment answers for most questions. Some answers may be missing. Major errorsin understanding or interpretation.8 - adequate effort, full sentences where appropriate, answered prompts. Some errors in understanding or interpretation. Somemineral IDS may be incorrect but table is filled out entirely.10 – strong, detailed, correct descriptions of observations. Minerals correctly IDed and table filled out.Objective:In this lab, you will be examining and identifying a series of unknown mineral samples using pictures, youtube videos, and an online“mineral bank” of information. You can work with a classmate or 1-2 members of your lab group if you would like, but if you choose to do so list allof your names at the top of this worksheet.Part 1: Warm Up Questions:Thinking back to what you’ve learned about minerals from readings and lecture, answer the following questions:1.Imagine you are walking across campus and find what looks like a diamond engagement ring on the ground.You plan to turn it into thepublic safety lost and found, but before you do that you decide to test the mineral in the ring to see how hard it is.You take the ring and usingthe gemstone, rub it firmly across a piece of glass and see that it does scratch glass.What does this tell you about the mineral?Can you sayfor certain that the mineral is a diamond?Explain.
2.One day you attend a rock and mineral show (yes, that’s really a thing…) and decide to buy some minerals to give to your 8 year old niece asa birthday present.You decide to only purchase minerals that are a four on the Moh’s hardness scale.Explain how you would determine thishardness?What tools would you use?How could you know that the mineral is specifically a 4 and not just in the “soft” category?
3.If a mineral breaks into tiny, pieces of uniform shape and size if you hit it with a hammer, what property does the mineral have?Explain in yourown words why this happens to certain minerals but not others.

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Term
Fall
Professor
BradleyCramer
Tags
Mineralogy, Mohs scale of mineral hardness, Virtual Mineral Lab

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