Geology 10 (Physical Geology)

California State University, Sacramento

Week 2: Minerals


Upon completion of this unit students should be able to:

  • List the main groups of minerals, and describe the chemical makeup of each

  • List the properties that a geologist would use to identify a mineral: streak, specific gravity, luster, hardness, crystal form, color, chemical makeup, magnetism, effervescence

  • Be prepared to identify these properties in mineral specimens during class.

Homework for week #2
Complete the on-line multiple choice quiz for Chapter 2.

E-mail it to me at:

Please note:  This is different from my CSUS e-mail address!


You can find the quiz by following this link:

Click on the “Resources” tab at the top of the page, and scroll down to the chapter that you want to work on.  Complete the multiple choice quiz on-line, and e-mail the results to me.

Due date for homework:  The start of class on Friday, Sept. 9

Reading Assignments

From Plummer, Carlson and Hammersley, Physical Geology, 13th edition

Chapter 2- Mineral composition and structure


Powerpoint graphics used during lectures


Week 2 graphics