Course Code: 5640213
METU Credit (Theoretical-Laboratory hours/week): 4(2-4)
ECTS Credit: 5.0
Language of Instruction: English
Level of Study: Undergraduate
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Offered Semester: Fall Semesters.

Course Objective

1.Teach students the basic knowledge of crystallography, physical, optical and chemical properties of minerals in hand specimens and under the polarized microscope.Emphasize the main characteristics of minerals as recognized in the field and in the laboratory. 2.Teach students the application of the principles and generalizations of the basic mineralogical knowledge to recognize the unknown and firstly encountered minerals. Develop the ability of solving problems related to 2- and 3-D images, particularly in crystallography. 3.Teach students, systematically, the identification of minerals having similar physical and optical properties. 4.Establish the independent learning, and particularly the evaluation of minerals economically. 5.Teach students the use of analytical tools in order to identify various properties of minerals.

Course Content

Elementary crystallography, physical and chemical mineralogy, chemical classification. Optical properties of minerals. Identification of minerals in hand specimens and in thin sections.

Learning Outcomes

Main student learning outcome categories Technical Competence: 1.Demonstrate the ability to apply theoretical concepts to particular problem solving. 2.Demonstrate a basic knowledge of fundamental engineering principles in the specific disciplines focused on this course. 3.Incorporate principles of physical sciences and advanced mathematics into the solution of technical problems. 4.Use appropriate engineering tools and methods to solve problems. 5.Use computer tools and applictions effectively. Analytical Skills: 1.Apply principles and generalizations already learned to new problems and situations. 2.Learn to develop a 3-D image from 2-D view. 3.Use knowledge from various courses in an integrated manner. Systems Thinking: 1.Learn how to systematically identify a natural process encounter 2.Develop the ability to critically observe subtle differences between similar looking objects and /or processes. Life-learning: 1.Demonstrate an ability to learn independently. Research Skills: 1. Learn to use some basic scientific tools to measure natural phenomena.