Recognize why it is important that we know what rocks and minerals are made of and why it is important to have an understanding of their physical

  • Recognize why it is important that we know what rocks and minerals are made of and why it is important to have an understanding of their physical properties
  •  Know what an atom is, what is made of, and how atoms are structured or put together

o Protons – positive charge

o Neutrons – no charge

o Electrons – negative charge

  •  Know
  •  Know
  •  Know

what an element is

what an ion is, what is meant by cation and anion

what a compound is and be aware that compounds are have different properties from the

elements that they are made out of

  •  Know the definition of a mineral.
  •  What are the major classes of minerals? Which is the most common? Why?
  •  Know what the definition of a rock is.
  •  Be familiar with the three major categories of rocks, how they form and their characteristics.
  • What processes go into forming different types of rocks? o Igneous
  •  Volcanic and plutonic o Sedimentary
  •  Clastic & Chemical o Metamorphic
  •  Be able to describe how the three types of rock are all connected (THE ROCK CYCLE!) 

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