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Description

This course provides a comprehensive introduction to crystalline structure, crystal chemistry, and bonding in rock-forming minerals

It introduces the theory relating crystal structure and crystal symmetry to physical properties such as refractive index, elastic modulus, and seismic velocity. It surveys the distribution of silicate, oxide, and metallic minerals in the interiors and on the surfaces of planets, and discusses the processes that led to their formation. It also addresses why diamonds are hard and why micas split into thin sheets

Course Curriculum

    • 2-D Symmetry Operations Unlimited
    • Point Groups and Space Groups Unlimited
    • Coordination Number and Polyhedra Unlimited
    • Bonding Models – Ionic – Electrostatics Unlimited
    • Crystal Lattices – Reciprocal Lattices Unlimited
    • X-ray Generation, Diffraction, Bragg’s Law Unlimited
    • Earth’s Element Inventory – Metals and Sulfides Unlimited
    • High P Mantle Mineralogy Unlimited
    • Pyriboles Unlimited
    • Feldspar, Quartz Unlimited
    • Carbonates, Sulfates, etc. Unlimited
    • Tensor Properties Unlimited
    • Representation Quadrics Unlimited
    • The Interaction of Electric Fields with Crystals: An Introduction to Crystal Optics Unlimited
    • Optical Indicatrices Unlimited
    • Optical Properties Unlimited
    • Stress and Strain Unlimited
    • Stiffness and Compliance Unlimited

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