Introduction to Mineral Physics “MP101”

MP101 is an entry level graduate course in mineral physics.  The course is taught live on-line, but materials from the course are freely available.  Since the course is modular, for the most part topics do not need to be studied in any particular order.   The objective of the course is to familiarize students with mineral physics topics and techniques so that they can comfortably read research literature in mineral physics; many of the topics are equally relevant to students studying in materials science or solid state physics and chemistry .

This course was designed for graduate students in the physical sciences with undergraduate degrees in geoscience, physics or chemistry. It is targeted at an audience that has at minimum had calculus, inorganic chemistry and first year physics, and exposure to crystallography either through mineralogy or solid state physics/chemistry.

Topics include: equations of state, tensors, stress, strain and elasticity, Brillouin spectroscopy, the multi-anvil apparatus, synchrotron diffraction, high pressure deformation experiments, high pressure ultrasonic measurements, diffusion and partitioning at high pressure, Raman and IR spectroscopy at high pressure, high pressure phase equilibria, the diamond anvil cell, melts at high pressure, nuclear inelastic scattering, and Mossbauer spectroscopy.

To access background articles please visit:

Teaching Mineral Physics which is one of the Teaching Mineralogy Topical Resources Collections of the On the Cutting Edge Project.

To access recorded lectures and readings visit the course home page:

MP101 Home

The creation of the course was funded by the Consortium for Materials Properties Research in Earth Sciences (COMPRES) and the High Pressure Science and Engineering Center at UNLV.

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