Observe and measure the properties of a mineral sample, and then use a key to identify the mineral. Students can observe the color, luster, shape, density, hardness, streak, and reaction to acid for each mineral. There are 26 mineral samples to identify.
- Find the mass and volume of a mineral sample with a balance and a graduated cylinder.
- Calculate the density of a mineral sample by dividing its mass by its volume.
- Measure and observe the following mineral properties:
- Crystal form
- Reaction to acid
- Use a key to identify a mineral sample based on its properties.
crystal, density, hardness, luster, mass, mineral, streak, volume
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