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Teaching Resources


This section will provide a series of teaching resources for teaching phase petrology in general and the use of thermocalc. The resources consist of a series of practical exercises divided into two groups, as well as a compilation of useful diagrams for lecture material. In future we will expand the resources here.

The first group of excercises are aimed at teaching students to be able to read, understand and use phase diagrams.

The second group involves practical exercises using thermocalc to construct phase diagrams and calculate average P-T conditions from mineral analyses.

Most of the exercises are taken from Richard White's teaching material at the University of Mainz, many of which are modified versions of Roger Powell's teaching material from the University of Melbourne.

The example diagrams section contains a series of basic diagrams such as KFMASH grids, AFM diagrams, pseudosections etc that may be useful lecture material.

 

This material is provided for educational purposes. You are free to use these practical exercises in an educational context.

Example Diagrams

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A number of useful phase diagrams are available for download from this page. Each diagram is presented as a thumbnail and can be downloaded as a .png file for use in powerpoint presentations and .eps for use in latex(beamer) and apple's keynote presentations. In future, each of the diagrams will be accompanied by a short text explanation.

Much of this material is from published papers (though in colour rather than greyscale) and the source for this material is indicated on each figure.

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Reading Phase Diagram Practical Exercises

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This section contains a series of practical exercises on reading and understanding phase diagrams. The exercises are mostly aimed at 2nd and 3rd year students with some exercises suitable for more senior students. The exercises range from basic tasks on reading phase diagrams and how different phase diagrams relate to each other to exercises in interpreting mineral assemblages, reaction textures and understanding metamorphic processes. Where the exercises involve the interpretation of mineral assemblages and reaction textures, sketches and photomicrographs of the rocks are provided. The exercises can be downloaded as .pdf files.

Go to the Reading Phase Diagram Practical Exercises page

Calculation Practical Exercises

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This section contains a series of practical exercises on using thermocalc to construct phase diagrams and to undertake thermobarometric calculations. Many of the practical exercises are linked to the tutorials on the tutorials page.The execises will be available as .pdf files but thermocalc and the dataset must be downloaded separately.

Go to the Calculation Practical Exercises page

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