Mineral Identification

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.

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  • 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
    • Luster
    • Hardness
    • Streak
    • Reaction to acid
  • Use a key to identify a mineral sample based on its properties.
  • crystal, density, hardness, luster, mass, mineral, streak, volume