GEO 5503 -- New Course

Fri Dec 5 12:38:11 2008

Approvals Received:
on 12-04-08
by Kathy Ohler
Approvals Pending: College/Dean  > Catalog
Effective Status: Active
Effective Term: 1099 - Fall 2009
Course: GEO 5503
Institution: UMNTC - Twin Cities
Career: UGRD
College: TIOT - Institute of Technology
Department: 11130 - Geology & Geophysics
Course Title Short: Advanced Petrology
Course Title Long: Advanced Petrology
Max-Min Credits
for Course:
3.0 to 3.0 credit(s)
Quantitative approach to modern igneous and metamorphic petrology, with a strong emphasis on the thermodynamics of minerals and melts and with applications to phase diagrams, thermobarometry, melting relationships, and the energetics of petrologic mass transfer.
CCE Catalog
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Grading Basis: Stdnt Opt
Topics Course: No
Honors Course: No
Delivery Mode(s): Classroom
Contact Hours:
3.0 hours per week
Years most
frequently offered:
Odd years only
Term(s) most
frequently offered:
Component 1: LEC (with final exam)
Component 2: DIS (no final exam)
Progress Units:
Not allowed to bypass limits.
3.0 credit(s)
Financial Aid
Progress Units:
Not allowed to bypass limits.
3.0 credit(s)
Repetition of
Repetition not allowed.
for Catalog:
Geo 2302, Chem 1021, Math 1372 or 1272 or 1572
No course equivalencies
No required consent
(course-based or
No prerequisites
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  • They explicitly help students understand what liberal education is, how the content and the substance of this course enhance a liberal education, and what this means for them as students and as citizens.
  • They employ teaching and learning strategies that engage students with doing the work of the field, not just reading about it.
  • They include small group experiences (such as discussion sections or labs) and use writing as appropriate to the discipline to help students learn and reflect on their learning.
  • They do not (except in rare and clearly justified cases) have prerequisites beyond the University's entrance requirements.
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Course Syllabus
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Syllabus Geology 5503  Advanced Petrology

Marc M. Hirschmann, rm 220A, 625-6698;
        Office hours:

Donna L. Whitney, rm 116, 626-7582;
        Office hours:

Textbook: Metamorphic Phase Equilibria, F.S. Spear

The course will meet for lecture two times/week for 50 minutes/class and for discussion on time/week for 50 minutes.

Class webpages:

Grade basis:

Biweekly problem sets: 50%
Mid-term exam: 25%
Final exam: 25%

This class takes a quantitative approach to modern igneous and metamorphic petrology, with a strong emphasis on the thermodynamics of minerals, fluids, and melts and with applications to phase diagrams, thermobarometry, melting, and the energetics of petrologic processes.  The course is intended for advanced undergraduate and graduate students.

Course topics

Week: topic
1: Intro to thermodynamics, important variables, zeroth law
first and second laws; auxiliary functions
(problem set #1)

2: auxiliary functions; equilibrium; chemical potential
Gibbs equations, Gibbs-Duhem, Maxwell relations

3: heat capacity, a, b, third law
chemography, phase rule; Schreinemakers', G surfaces
(problem set #2)

4: calculation of thermodynamic functions at P,T
H, S, V, G at P,T -- calculation of PT diagrams

5: thermodynamics of mixtures
equilibrium constant, activity, ideal solutions
(problem set #3)

6: nonideal mixing (symmetric, asymmetric)
more on asymmetric models

7: reciprocal solutions
(problem set #4)

8: activity models for fluids
fluids: O-H system, C-O-H + graphite equilibria, oxygen fugacity

9: intro. to thermobarometry
more thermobarometry
(problem set #5)

10: evaluation of equilibrium; intro to zoning

11: calculation of phase diagrams; intro to software
(problem set #6)

12: projection methods in phase diagrams

13: energetics of petrologic processes: melting

14: energetics of petrologic processes, mass transfer

15: review