Mineral Physics

A.Y. 2020/2021
Overall hours
Learning objectives
Knowledge and understanding: students are expected to demonstrate their knowledge and their ability to understand, in order to improve those associated with the first cycle of studies and to be able to elaborate and/or apply original ideas, with a better confidence, to the subjects of the lectures. The students, at the end of the course, should have an advanced knowledge of 1) the mechanisms of solid state reactivity, of diffusion, and on the influence on them of the system variables, such as temperature and pressure, 2) the mechanisms of nucleation and crystal growth, 3) ideal, regular, non ideal solid solutions, 4) phase transitions.
Applying knowledge and understanding: students are expected to be able to generalise their knowledge, and to apply what they have learnt to problems and issues that are different from those proposed during the lectures.
Expected learning outcomes
Making judgements: students are expected to be able to integrate their knowledge and to understand complexity, but also to make educated guesses on the base of limited or incomplete information, with an eye to the social and ethical responsibilities connected to this.
Communication skills: the students are expected to be able to communicate in a clear and unambiguous way their knowledge, to specialist scientist, as well as to a more generalist public. These abilities are tested during the course on a daily basis, when the students are asked to perform a brief search on the internet (on a subject proposed by the lecturer) and to explain their findings to the rest of the class, and to point out the connections with the actual lecture.
Learning skills: it is advisable for the students to have developed the learning skills that allow them to continue their course of studies in a direct and autonomous way.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
Second semester
Lectures live with Zoom, recorded and uploaded on Ariel.
Course syllabus
- Solid state reactivity
- transport phenomena
- solid solutions: ideal, regular, non ideal
- nucleation and growth
- solid state reaction kinetics
- phase transitions
Prerequisites for admission
Good knowledge of inorganic chemistry and mineralogy. Basic crystallography.
Teaching methods
Every lecture is three hours long. During the first two hours, the lecturer explains, with the whiteboard, the subject of the day. At the end of the lecture, the students will be asked to search the internet in small groups (on subjects related to the lecture), and then to give a short speech, explaining their findings. The groups are made of 2-3 people.
Teaching Resources
Presentations and tutorials on Ariel site (http://mdapiaggifm.ariel.ctu.unimi.it/v3/home/Default.aspx)
An Introduction to Mineral Science, Andrew Putnis, Cambridge University Press
(only partially) Thermodynamics of Natural Systems 2nd Edition, G. M. Anderson, Cambridge University Press
Assessment methods and Criteria
L'esame è costituito unicamente da una prova orale: durante il colloquio il candidato dovrà dimostrare di avere acquisito una conoscenza sufficiente delle tematiche trattate durante il corso. Verrà richiesta la capacità di presentare un discorso ben organizzato su uno o più argomenti trattati (a scelta del docente). The mark is out of 30.
GEO/06 - MINERALOGY - University credits: 6
Lessons: 48 hours
Professor: Dapiaggi Monica
Educational website(s)
anytime, just send an email with the request
office, first floor, via Botticelli 23