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Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This unit presents the basic principles by which the physical properties of minerals are described and quantified. Topics to be covered include: crystal structures; bonding in solids; electrical, magnetic and optical properties; experimental techniques. The practical component of the subject will provide students with hands-on experience with the following experimental methods: polarizing light microscopy, x-ray diffraction (XRD), electron diffraction (ED), energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy (EDS).

SchoolSchool of Molecular Sciences/LIMS

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorKatherine Legge

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

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Prerequisites PHY2SCA or CHE2AQC


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

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Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsBasic Solid State ChemistryRecommendedA. WestWILEY, 2005
ReadingsIntroduction to MineralogyRecommendedW.D. NesseOXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS, 2000
ReadingsMinerals, Their Constitution and OriginRecommendedH. Wenk & A. BulakhCAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS, 2004
ReadingsSolid State ChemistryRecommendedL. Smart, E. MooreTAYLOR AND FRANCIS, 2005
ReadingsSolid State PhysicsRecommendedC. KittelWILEY, 2004
ReadingsThe Manual of Mineral ScienceRecommendedC. KleinWILEY, 2002

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