Ch 6: Minerals and Rocks: Tutoring Solution

About This Chapter

The Minerals and Rocks chapter of this Earth Science Tutoring Solution is a flexible and affordable path to learning about minerals and rocks. These simple and fun video lessons are each about five minutes long, and they teach the origins, types and properties of various minerals and rocks required in a typical earth science course.

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  • Begin your assignment or other earth science work.
  • Identify the minerals and rocks concepts that you're stuck on.
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  • Press play, watch and learn!
  • Complete the quizzes to test your understanding.
  • As needed, submit a question to one of our instructors for personalized support.

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This chapter of our earth science tutoring solution will benefit any student who is trying to learn about minerals and rocks and earn better grades. This resource can help students including those who:

  • Struggle with understanding mineral shapes and properties, silicate and non-silicate minerals, the rock cycle, major rock groups or any other minerals and rocks topic
  • Have limited time for studying
  • Want a cost effective way to supplement their science learning
  • Prefer learning science visually
  • Find themselves failing or close to failing their minerals and rocks unit
  • Cope with ADD or ADHD
  • Want to get ahead in earth science
  • Don't have access to their science teacher outside of class

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Learning Objectives

  • Discuss the optical properties of minerals.
  • Identify the forms and types of crystal shapes of minerals.
  • Name the different ways to measure mineral strength.
  • Understand the difference between mineral density and specific gravity.
  • Take a look at silicate and nonsilicate minerals.
  • Differentiate between rocks and minerals.
  • Learn about the rock cycle.
  • Identify the three major rock groups.

10 Lessons in Chapter 6: Minerals and Rocks: Tutoring Solution
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Optical Properties of Minerals: Luster, Light Transmission, Color & Streak

1. Optical Properties of Minerals: Luster, Light Transmission, Color & Streak

Minerals are conveniently identified based on their physical properties. These properties include luster, ability to transmit light, color and streak. This lesson will describe each of these properties and examples of each.

Crystal Shape of Minerals: Forms and Types

2. Crystal Shape of Minerals: Forms and Types

Did you know that the term crystal can have different meanings in addition to something pretty to look at? A crystal can refer to a regular pattern of molecules within a mineral or the shapes at a macroscopic level. This is also known as the crystal habit.

Mineral Strength: Tenacity, Hardness, Cleavage & Fracture

3. Mineral Strength: Tenacity, Hardness, Cleavage & Fracture

What does it mean to say that one mineral is stronger than another? This lesson will explore different minerals to identify and describe mineral strength in terms of tenacity, hardness, cleavage and fracture.

Mineral Density & Specific Gravity: Definition and Properties

4. Mineral Density & Specific Gravity: Definition and Properties

Mineral density and specific gravity are similar properties used by mineralologists to identify minerals. This lesson describes a common practice used to determine density and specific gravity.

Silicate Minerals: Chemical Classifications & Examples

5. Silicate Minerals: Chemical Classifications & Examples

Silicate minerals make up the bulk of the earth's crust. All silicates are made of the same building block, the silicon-oxygen tetrahedron. This lesson describes the major silicate minerals including feldspars and quartz.

Non-silicate Minerals: Chemical Classifications & Examples

6. Non-silicate Minerals: Chemical Classifications & Examples

While most minerals are silicates, many non-silicate minerals are found in the earth's crust and are important as well. This lesson will use examples and describe the three major groups of non-silicate minerals, including carbonates, halides and sulfates.

Rocks and Minerals: Definitions and Differences

7. Rocks and Minerals: Definitions and Differences

Can you tell the difference between a rock and a mineral? What makes a mineral so much different from a rock? Explore these questions in depth, and learn how we classify rocks and minerals.

Rock Cycle: Igneous, Sedimentary, and Metamorphic Rocks

8. Rock Cycle: Igneous, Sedimentary, and Metamorphic Rocks

In this lesson, we will discuss the three main types of rocks and how they are formed. The lesson also gives an introduction into how matter locked in rocks can be cycled through the earth.

Types of Rocks: The Three Major Rock Groups

9. Types of Rocks: The Three Major Rock Groups

Did you know that lava is molten rock that reaches the earth's surface? Furthermore, did you know that rocks exist in three general forms: igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic? This lesson describes these rock types and examples of each.

What Is Pyrite (Fool's Gold)? - Properties, Definition & Facts

10. What Is Pyrite (Fool's Gold)? - Properties, Definition & Facts

The last thing you want is to be considered a fool the next time you go panning for gold. To avoid that terrible fate, read this lesson and learn what the common mineral pyrite looks like, then take the quiz to make sure you won't be fooled.

Chapter Practice Exam
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