Mike Horne FGS
"Chemistry in Context " course.
"The Chemistry of the Earth"
by Mike Horne FGS
for the University of Hull
Department of Chemistry
Think about -
The "Scientific Method" - how do we do science?
Relationships - how are the sciences related? how does science interact with our lives?
Communication - how can we tell the public about science?
A bit of mineralogy - How can we identify a mineral? - what are its physical properties and optical properties? Relationship of Chemical bonding to crystal shape to physical properties (e.g. forms of carbon).
Introduction to Silicate Chemistry - Si-O bonds; Si-O arrangements produce groups of minerals with distinct properties; Solid Solution Series.
A bit of geochemistry - Chemical abundance in the planet Earth.
Crystallography - symmetry and crystallographic systems.
Chemistry of the Silicates.
The original nanoparticles and nanotubes - clays and asbestos
Public Understanding of Science
The relationship between geology and other sciences - mind maps/spider diagrams.
Methods - Informal talks using OHP, practical work with mineral specimens, discussions and a slide show.
You will need - notepaper and pencil. A penknife and magnifying glass may be helpful if you have them.
some recommended reading :
Bell R 1996. Yorkshire Rock British Geological Survey. 64pp.
Brownlow A H 1979. Geochemistry. Prentice-Hall Inc, NJ. 498pp isbn 0133510646
Bryson B 2003. A short history of nearly everything. Black Swann Books, London. 485pp
Dana - Minerals and how to study them
Day F H 1963. The chemical elements in nature. George G Harrap & Co Ltd, London, 372pp.
Gill R 1996. Chemical fundamentals of Geology (2nd edn.) Chapman & Gall 298pp. isbn 0412549301
Hamblin W E 1989 - The Earth's Dynamic Systems
Kirkaldy - Minerals and Rocks
Mackenzie WS & A E Adams 1994. A colour atlas of Rocks and minerals in thin section. Manson Publishing, London. isbn 1874545170
Penguin Dictionary of Geology
Press F & Siever R 1994 - Understanding Earth
Rothery D A 1997. Teach yourself geology. Hodder & Stoughton, London. 236pp. isbn 0-340-67992-1
Selinger B 1998. Chemistry in the Marketplace. Harcourt Brace, Australia. 588pp. isbn 0 7295 3300X
Woodcock N 1994. Geology and environment in Britain and Ireland. UCL Press, London. isbn 1-85728-054-7.
Wright D1994 - Field Guide - Rocks and Minerals
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