June K. Wicks

Email:   wicks "at" jhu . edu

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Spring 2018 -- Mineralogy

Tuesdays and Thursdays 1:30 -2:45 PM
           Lectures, Olin 203
Wednesdays 1:30 -4:30 PM
           Labs and bonus lectures*, Olin 203
                   * in select weeks, one hour of the lab will feature a special guest lecture from academia, government lab, or industry
                   * potential makeup time TBA.

4 credits

pre-requisites: Students must have completed Lab Safety training prior to registering for this class.
Course goals/outcomes: After this course, students will be able to:
- identify common minerals in hand sample
- discuss strategies to identify unknown/unrecognized minerals
- discuss how minerals reflect, record, and impact their environment.

Example lecture topics (still under construction):
Mineral Classification- how, when, where, and why
Mineral Ingredients: Composition of the Earth, the solar system, and of exoplanets
Hardness, Toughness, Young's modulus, and more: the metrics with which we grade minerals.
Macro versus micro-scopic definitions of morphology. A millenial problem.
Welcome to solid-state physics: electronic delocalization, band gaps
Thermodynamics for beginners.
Solid solutions, substitution mechanisms, defects, and other ways to mess with ideal endmembers.
The murky relationship between oxidation state, coordination number, packing, symmetry, and spin state.
Vibrational Spectroscopy as it informs structure
Color in minerals-- "electrons rule the visual world".
Types of phase transitions, some tentative discussion about kinetics.
Optical, elastic, and inelastic anisotropy.  bonus: why it is the key to solving the deep interior.

Grades will be determined based on assessment of the following:
problem sets
laboratory exercises
periodic exams


Relevant Texts

Klein, Cornelius and Dutrow, Barbara. Manual of Mineral Science. 

Wicks, J. K. and Duffy, T. S. (2016) Crystal Structures of Minerals in the Lower Mantle, in Deep Earth: Physics and Chemistry of the Lower Mantle and Core (eds H. Terasaki and R. A. Fischer), John Wiley & Sons, Inc, Hoboken, NJ. doi: 10.1002/9781118992487.ch6

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