University Chemistry ›› 2017, Vol. 32 ›› Issue (6): 86-92.doi: 10.3866/PKU.DXHX201611013

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Discussion on the Introduction of Theoretical Principles and Experimental Details of Mineralogy in the Fundamental Inorganic Chemistry Education

A. Zhipeng WANG1,2,*()   

  1. 1 Department of Chemistry, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084, P. R. China
    2 Department of Chemistry, Texas A & M University, Texas 77840, USA
  • Published:2017-06-03
  • Contact: A. Zhipeng WANG


Mineralogy is one of the brotherly sub-disciplines closely related to inorganic chemistry. Its observations and sequential studies have long been one of the most important resources for the generation of inorganic chemistry knowledge, and the basic principles of elemental chemistry have been widely applied to the development of mineralogy. The ideas of mineralogy can possibly deepen the graphic and rational understanding of how to apply chemical principles into natural mineral systems, and facilitate the management of various properties of each elements, which is of high benefit to the next generation. This manuscript starts with the summarization of instructive cores in the mineralogy principle and laboratory education, followed by the observation and property study of multiple representable miners as experimental models, as well as the analysis of how to teach mineralogy with the combination of real case studies. The concept is opening the door for a novel education mode as the combination of basic knowledge and interdisciplinary frontiers to introduce mineral-related contents into fundamental inorganic chemistry education.

Key words: Mineralogy, Inorganic chemistry, Elemental chemistry, Chemical education


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