Physical Science 101
Mineral Systems and Physical Properties Study Guide

After the "Minerals" lecture and readings you should be able to answer and discuss the following questions.

Describe the four types of atomic bonds.

What is the definition of a mineral?

In the definition of a mineral, define each of its component. For example, what does "naturally occurring" mean?

List the Physical Properties of a mineral.

For all of the physical properties answer the following question: What is [physical property] and how is it determined?

How does hardness relate to chemical bonding?

How does cleavage and fracture relate to chemical bonding and crystalline structure?

What are the main criteria by which minerals are grouped together?

What are the two main mineral systems?

How does a pseudomorph differ from a polymorph?

Practice identifying minerals and mineral physical properties:
Mineral Physical Properties and Mineral Identification