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Course Info

  • Course Number / Code:
  • 12.108 (Fall 2004) 
  • Course Title:
  • Structure of Earth Materials 
  • Course Level:
  • Undergraduate 
  • Offered by :
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
    Massachusetts, United States  
  • Department:
  • Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences 
  • Course Instructor(s):
  • Prof. J. Brian Evans
    Prof. Timothy Grove 
  • Course Introduction:
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  • 12.108 Structure of Earth Materials



    Fall 2004




    Course Highlights


    This course features lecture notes and labs.


    Course Description


    This course provides a comprehensive introduction to crystalline structure, crystal chemistry, and bonding in rock-forming minerals. It introduces the theory relating crystal structure and crystal symmetry to physical properties such as refractive index, elastic modulus, and seismic velocity. It surveys the distribution of silicate, oxide, and metallic minerals in the interiors and on the surfaces of planets, and discusses the processes that led to their formation. It also addresses why diamonds are hard and why micas split into thin sheets.


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