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Michael D Harrell
ESS 103
Seattle Campus

Minerals and Gems

Introduction to the nature of minerals: composition, structure, physical properties, and origins, with emphasis on gem minerals. Focuses on topics of particular interest in gemology, such as mechanisms of color, history and lore of gems, and uses of gems. Hands-on laboratories using about one hundred representative gems and minerals.

Class description

Introduction to the nature of minerals: their composition, structure, physical properties, and origins, with emphasis on gem minerals. Focuses on topics of particular interest in gemology, such as mechanisms of color, history and lore of gems, and uses of gems. Hands-on laboratories using about one hundred representative gems and minerals.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Weekly lectures and laboratories.

Three textbooks: "National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Rocks and Minerals" by Chesterman, "Minerals of the World" by Johnsen, and "Gemstones of the World, Newly Revised and Expanded Third Edition" by Schumann.

Recommended preparation

No prerequisites.

Class assignments and grading

Weekly laboratory exercises, one midterm examination, and one final examination.

60% laboratory 20% midterm examination 20% final examination


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Last Update by Michael D Harrell
Date: 01/06/2009