Using the American Mineralogist Crystal Structure Database in the classroom

Christine M. Clark, Robert T Downs

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

1 Citation (Scopus)

Abstract

The American Mineralogist Crystal Structure Database is a compilation of every crystal structure potentially of mineralogic or geologic interest. The database, seen as an outreach service, is funded and maintained by NSF, the Mineralogical Society of America and the Mineralogical Association of Canada. This database, when linked with visualization software, provides an invaluable resource for instructors, allowing direct access to crystal structures of almost any mineral, and many at various compositions, pressures or temperatures. Associated with the database is a freeware visualization program, XtalDraw with ancillary software modules, Xpow (for visualization of powder diffraction patterns) and SPEEDEN (for visualization of electron density maps). These software modules are user-friendly, allowing students, instructors, and researchers to easily access various crystal structures. Suggestions for using the database and software in an instructional setting are given; full lesson plans and instructional guides are being developed as Internet resources.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)76-80
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Geoscience Education
Volume52
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2004

Fingerprint

crystal structure
visualization
classroom
software
instructor
resources
resource
electron density
diffraction
Canada
Internet
student
mineral
temperature

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)

Cite this

Using the American Mineralogist Crystal Structure Database in the classroom. / Clark, Christine M.; Downs, Robert T.

In: Journal of Geoscience Education, Vol. 52, No. 1, 01.2004, p. 76-80.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

@article{396c505b79ac4020a0d5cb92494e03aa,
title = "Using the American Mineralogist Crystal Structure Database in the classroom",
abstract = "The American Mineralogist Crystal Structure Database is a compilation of every crystal structure potentially of mineralogic or geologic interest. The database, seen as an outreach service, is funded and maintained by NSF, the Mineralogical Society of America and the Mineralogical Association of Canada. This database, when linked with visualization software, provides an invaluable resource for instructors, allowing direct access to crystal structures of almost any mineral, and many at various compositions, pressures or temperatures. Associated with the database is a freeware visualization program, XtalDraw with ancillary software modules, Xpow (for visualization of powder diffraction patterns) and SPEEDEN (for visualization of electron density maps). These software modules are user-friendly, allowing students, instructors, and researchers to easily access various crystal structures. Suggestions for using the database and software in an instructional setting are given; full lesson plans and instructional guides are being developed as Internet resources.",
author = "Clark, {Christine M.} and Downs, {Robert T}",
year = "2004",
month = "1",
language = "English (US)",
volume = "52",
pages = "76--80",
journal = "Journal of Geoscience Education",
issn = "1089-9995",
publisher = "National Association of Geoscience Teachers Inc.",
number = "1",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - Using the American Mineralogist Crystal Structure Database in the classroom

AU - Clark, Christine M.

AU - Downs, Robert T

PY - 2004/1

Y1 - 2004/1

N2 - The American Mineralogist Crystal Structure Database is a compilation of every crystal structure potentially of mineralogic or geologic interest. The database, seen as an outreach service, is funded and maintained by NSF, the Mineralogical Society of America and the Mineralogical Association of Canada. This database, when linked with visualization software, provides an invaluable resource for instructors, allowing direct access to crystal structures of almost any mineral, and many at various compositions, pressures or temperatures. Associated with the database is a freeware visualization program, XtalDraw with ancillary software modules, Xpow (for visualization of powder diffraction patterns) and SPEEDEN (for visualization of electron density maps). These software modules are user-friendly, allowing students, instructors, and researchers to easily access various crystal structures. Suggestions for using the database and software in an instructional setting are given; full lesson plans and instructional guides are being developed as Internet resources.

AB - The American Mineralogist Crystal Structure Database is a compilation of every crystal structure potentially of mineralogic or geologic interest. The database, seen as an outreach service, is funded and maintained by NSF, the Mineralogical Society of America and the Mineralogical Association of Canada. This database, when linked with visualization software, provides an invaluable resource for instructors, allowing direct access to crystal structures of almost any mineral, and many at various compositions, pressures or temperatures. Associated with the database is a freeware visualization program, XtalDraw with ancillary software modules, Xpow (for visualization of powder diffraction patterns) and SPEEDEN (for visualization of electron density maps). These software modules are user-friendly, allowing students, instructors, and researchers to easily access various crystal structures. Suggestions for using the database and software in an instructional setting are given; full lesson plans and instructional guides are being developed as Internet resources.

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=1842729494&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=1842729494&partnerID=8YFLogxK

M3 - Article

AN - SCOPUS:1842729494

VL - 52

SP - 76

EP - 80

JO - Journal of Geoscience Education

JF - Journal of Geoscience Education

SN - 1089-9995

IS - 1

ER -