Introduction to mineralogy and its relationship with other branches of allied sciences. Properties of minerals. Classification of minerals. Importap.t rock forming mineral groups. Silicate structures and description of important silicate families such as Olivine, Amphibole, Pyroxene, Quartz, , Feldspar, Feldspathoid, Zeolite and Mica. Important metamorphic minerals. Clay minerals.

Introduction to crystallography. Basic concepts of crystal and crystal chemistry. Coordinates, parameters. indices. symmeuy elements and stereogram 01 cry_1alS. Description of normal class of each crystal system. Twining and its types. Irregularities in crystal growth. Introduction to polarizing microscope. Optical properties of common rock forming minerals.

LAB: Identification and description of common minerals. Study of crystal models. Study of rocks and minerals in thin sections.

Suggested Reading:
1. An Atlas of Minerals in Thin Section. DJ. Schulze (2003). Oxford University Press, London.
2. Introduction to Optical Mineralogy. W.D. Nesse (2003). Oxford University Press, London.
3. Mineralogy. D. Perkins (2002). Prentice Hall. New Jersey.
4. Minerals in Thin Sections. D. Perkins (2000). Prentice Hall, New Jersey.
5. Principles of Mineralogy. H. B. William (1990). Oxford University Press. London. Minerals _d Rocks. C. Klein (1989). John Wiley and Sons.
6. Dana's Manual of Mineralogy. S. Hurlbut and C. Klein (1977). Joh'1 Wiley and Sons. Optical Mineralogy. P.F. Kcrr (1959). McGraw Hill, New York.