GO 336 Mineralogy - Fall 2007
Earth Science Department Emporia State University

Dr. Susan Ward Aber

Basic Information Resources Grading
Course Requirements Webpage Schedule
Links of Interest
Basic Information
Mineralogy is a four-credit course for Earth Science majors. This introduction to minerals covers crystal structure, genesis, properties, systematic identification, and use applications. Hand Specimen Petrology serves as the prerequisite, but introductory chemistry, physics, and geometry courses are helpful as well. Some instructions and information will be provided online, but the course is taught in an on-campus format. However, initial communication is only available via email,
saber@emporia.edu, as I am in Slovakia from July 11 through September 1. All assignments shall be sent to me as attachments until I return to campus. Assignments are shown below and handed out at the first meeting on August 16. I will meet you for the first time face-to-face on September 4.

Susie Aber
620-341-5977, e-mail:
11:00 am-12:50 pm, Room 128

Emporia State University will make reasonable accommodations for persons with documented disabilities. Students need to contact the Director of Disability Services and the professor as early in the semester as possible to ensure that classroom and academic accommodations are implemented in a timely fashion. All communication between students, the Office of Disability Services, and the professor will be strictly confidential.

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Letter grades (A, B, C, D, F with +/- subdivisions) are used to record your performance in this course. Incomplete (I) grades will only be considered in extremely rare cases and must be completed within one semester or the I is converted to an F.

Course Requirements
Attendance is required and communication is highly recommended via class participation and email correspondence. Quizzes, activities, homework, and attendance account for 40% of the grade. The lowest quiz/activity score will be dropped from final grade consideration. Four exams will be worth 40% of the final grade and the web page presentation accounts for 20%. There is a field trip, November 3, to the Kansas City Gem and Mineral Show and class participation is required.

Webpage Project and Presentation: A webpage project and presentation will account for 20% of the final grade. Potential webpage topics and specific guidelines are found at www.emporia.edu/earthsci/amber/go336/assign.htm. The final webpage is due on or before November 8 and presentations will be in December. The work done for this webpage should be exclusive and not used in or prepared for other courses. Past mineralogy student projects can be viewed at www.emporia.edu/earthsci/amber/go336/webpages.htm.

Academic dishonesty can result in penalties and is not tolerated in this class. Class absences will result in a lower grade. For ESU policy visit www.emporia.edu/acadaff/dishonesty.htm.

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Date Topic Assignment
August 16 Chapter 1: Introductions
pg. 1-11
Assign01: Text reading summary (due
8/21/07) and Writing-Plagiarism
worksheet (due 8/23/07)
August 21 HTML tutorial Assign02: HTML tutorial

(due 8/28/07)
August 23 Chapter 2: Elements and Lattice Concept
pg. 12-17, 32-34
Assign03: Text reading summary
and Chemical Video (due 8/28/07),
Adopt a Mineral paper (due 8/30/07)
August 28 Chapters 3: Lattice and Crystal Structure
pg. 32-44
Assign04: Review A Study of
Minerals CD sections 1 and 3
(due 8/30/07)
August 30 Chemical property synthesis Assign05: Adopt a Mineral webpage
(due 9/3/07) and create a 5 minute
presentation (due 9/4)
September 4 Student Presentations and Chapter 3-4:
Introduction to Crystallography pg. 34-44, 64-73
Assign06: Adopt a Mineral talk,
Text reading summary (due 9/11),
review Study of Minerals CD
section 2, and Symmetry contents
of letters and motifs (due 9/6)
September 6 Chapter 4: Point-group symmetry and forms
pg. 73-79
Assign07: Common Crystal Forms
(due 9/11)
September 11 Crystal Morphology Assign08: Symmetry notation of
wooden models (due 9/13)
September 13 Chapter 3-4: Space-group symmetry and
indexing planes pg. 44-53, 79-83
Assign09: Text reading summary,
Indexing Planes and Miller
Indices (all due 9/18)
September 18 Test 1 review and mineral video All assignments due
today-no more excuses
September 20 Test 1

Sites of Interest

Please visit some book reviews by past students at

Mineral and Gemstone Links
Links for Rocks, Minerals, and Mining Theme
page from the Community Learning Network.
U.S. Geological Survey supply and demand of U.S.
essential minerals.
Mineral Information Institute
USGS Minerals Information
USGS Minerals
www.suite101.com/welcome.cfm/gems_and_minerals ,
Gems and Minerals
Nova on The Mysterious Life of Caves
News for students, resources for teachers
National Caves Association
Microscopy and Minerals Images
Miekinia Geotechnical Lab, Cracow, Poland lab
Mineral Gallery on Fluorescent minerals
Fluorescent Mineral Society
Silver Institute
Gold Institute
State Mineral Statistics and Information
Other Government Resources
50 state mineralogy literature list
Natural Gemstones
An Overview of Production
of Specific U.S. Gemstones
Mineral Links
Mineral Links
Colors of Minerals, the cause
Awesome Gems
Excalibur Mineral Corporation lists mineral books
How Many Minerals
are Known to Exist?
Mineral Journals
www.emporia.edu/earthsci/amber/go336/webpages.htm GO 336 Webpage Presentations

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This page originates from the Earth Science department for the use and benefit of students enrolled at Emporia State University. The curriculum is © by the author, 2001-2007. For more information contact the course instructor, S. W. Aber, e-mail: saber@emporia.edu Thanks for visiting! Created: December 20, 2000. Last update: 12 August, 2007.

copyright 2001-2007 © Susan Ward Aber. All rights reserved.