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1 Minerals Write down what you know about minerals. What things in this room are made of minerals?

2 Minerals The building blocks of rocks

3 Some Chemistry Review Atom – basic unit of matter; smallest part of an element that keeps the elements properties Element – substance that cant be broken into simpler substances by ordinary chemical means (What do these two terms mean in your own words?)

4 Compound – a substance that contains atoms of two or more elements that are chemically combined –Ex. Water (H 2 0) – Two hydrogen atoms combined with one oxygen atom –This combination occurs when atoms bond in one of many ways, all involving the electrons

5 Electron arrangement 2 electrons in the first ring 8 electrons in the second ring 8 electrons in the third ring (It gets more complicated….) Remember: an atom wants the number of negative electrons that surround its nucleus to match its number of positive protons. Number of protons is the same as atomic number

6 Practice drawing electron configuration: Carbon Oxygen Hydrogen Silicon

7 Elements that make up most of the Earths Crust #1: Oxygen (O) 47% #2: Silicon (Si) 28% also Aluminum, Iron, Calcium, Sodium, Potassium, Magnesium

8 What is a mineral? 1.Naturally occurring (not man- made) 2.Inorganic (not alive or made from living things) 3.Solid (not liquid or gas) 4.Definite chemical structure (each mineral always has the same atoms bonded together) 5.Crystal structure (orderly arrangement of atoms) (A substance has to meet all five of these characteristics to be a mineral!)

9 Crystal Structure Crystal – regular geometric solid with smooth surfaces called crystal faces

10 In minerals, the shape of the crystal depends mainly on the atoms of the mineral and the way they arrange themselves –Despite thousands of minerals, there are only six basic crystal shapes

11 Mineral Formation and Composition 1. Come from Magma (molten rock beneath Earths surface) –When cooled, mineral crystals are formed

12 –How and where magma cools determines size of mineral crystal –2 most common elements found in magma are oxygen and silicon

13 2. Compounds are dissolved in a liquid, which evaporate leaving minerals as crystals

14 Questions to Discuss: 1.What are the two most common elements in the earths crust? In magma? Does this make sense? 2.What is the difference between an atom, an element, and a compound? 3.What are some ways to help you remember the five characteristics of a mineral? 4.Can elements be minerals? Are all elements minerals?

15 Which of these are minerals? Why or why not? 1.Salt? 2.Water? 3.Ice? 4.Aluminum? 5.Synthetic (man-made) diamond? 6.Sugar? (Think where it comes from) 7.Diamond? 8.Coal? (Think where it comes from) 9.Quartz?

16 Silicate Minerals Minerals that contain silicon and oxygen (and usually other elements, too) 96% of the minerals formed in the Earths crust are silicates Examples are: feldspar quartz (shown) mica

17 Silicates may form tetrahedrons

18 Silica is the most abundant mineral on Earth Silicas chemical composition is SiO 2 Quartz is a common name for silica Sketch out the covalent bonding scheme for SiO 2 :

19 Carbonates Carbonate minerals are made of one or more metallic elements combined with CO 3 (a carbonate compound) Examples are: limestone (CaCO 3 ) dolomite (pictured) calcite

20 The dolomite mountains in Italy

21 Oxides Compounds of Oxygen + a metal Examples are: magnetite (Fe 3 O 4 ) hematite (Fe 2 O 3 )

22 Native Elements Made of only one element like Au, Cu, Ag

23 Sulfides and Sulfates Sulfides are made of sulfur and one or more elements Sulfates are made of sulfate compound (SO 4 ) and one or more elements Ex of a sulfide = pyrite (FeS 2 )

24 Halides Cl or F along with Ca, Na, or K For example?

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