03 - Earth's minerals - 2 class periods

To understand minerals, we need to review some basic chemistry. What's the atomic model? What's a molecule, alloy, and compound? Then this unit talks about what is a mineral and the differences between minerals and crystals. What are some physical properties of minerals and crystals? How do you identify minerals? How do minerals form?

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