5.1. Minerals – Learning Outcomes

After reading this chapter of the textbook, learning the vocabulary, and working through the review questions, students should be able to:

  • Define the term mineral and provide examples of several common minerals.
  • Name the parts of the atom, draw a diagram of an atom, and label the charges of the particles that make up the atom.
  • Name the types of chemical bonds, and give examples of molecules and minerals where they occur.
  • Describe several common mineral crystal habits.
  • Name the groups/classes of rock forming minerals, give an example of each of them, and an environment where each class of mineral forms.
  • Name and sketch the different types of silicate structures and give examples of each.
  • Describe the properties we can use to help identify minerals, and give a range of examples of each property.
  • Define the term rock.


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