Geosciences 460/560 Characterization of Minerals
 Syllabus pdf file
 You should order your own copy of the textbook from MSA: Mathematical Crystallography by Boisen and Gibbs. Vol 15, Reviews in Mineralogy, 1990. Mineralogical Society of America
 It is recommened that you join MSA as a student member, $20 membership, (join here) , to get a discount on the textbook.
 The first two chapters of the textbook are provided as pdf files:
 Chapter 1, Modeling symmetrical patterns and geometries of molecules and crystals pdf file
 Chapter 2, Some geometrical aspects of crystals pdf file
 Chapter 3, Point isometries  Vehicles for describing symmetry pdf file
 Appendix 5, Some properties of lattice planes pdf file
 Geometrical analysis of electron diffraction patterns pdf file
 Geometrical derivation of the crystallographic rotation angles pdf file
 Boisen M B, Gibbs G V (1978) A method for constructing and interpreting matrix representations of spacegroup operations. The Canadian Mineralogist 16, 293300 pdf file
 Raman lecture link
 Dove M T (2011) Introduction to the theory of lattice dynamics. Collection SFN 12, 123159 pdf file
 Problem sets pdf file
 Printable periodic
table in pdf format

Crystal Sleuth is software used to display Raman spectra and Xray diffraction profiles, and can be used to identify minerals and characterize them.
Download the executable.

XtalDraw is an interactive computer
program that draws crystal and molecular structures as ball and stick,
polyhedral, and thermal ellipsoid representations. It comes with
a large set of datafiles. It runs only in Windows.
Not only does it read the XtalDraw datafiles, but it can also read the American
Mineralogist Crystal Structure Data Base files found at
http://www.geo.arizona.edu/AMS/amcsd.php
XtalDraw can be downloaded here:
Download the program.
 IMA mineral list