EaES 422

Crystal Chemistry of Rock-Forming Minerals

Instructor: Guggenheim
Components: lectures, problem sets
Prerequisite: EaES 220 or consent of the instructor
Timing: spring semester
Frequency: alternate years (with EaES 424 )
Credits: 4 credit hours

This first part of this course covers bonding theory, crystal field theory, physical properties of materials, transformations, and an introduction to covalent and ionic compounds. The second part of this course involves how minerals are classified and takes each major silicate group and relates crystal structure to temperature, pressure, and composition (phase equilibria). The emphasis is atomistic. The course is an overview and will be useful to mineralogy students, petrology students, materials science students, or anyone interested in how crystal structures relate to chemical and physical properties. A complete syllabus of this course is available.