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    In this activity, students measure the specific gravity of a sample of the mineral quartz – another physical property of minerals that can be used in mineral identification.

    By the end of this activity, students should be able to:

    • explain the meaning of the term specific gravity
    • calculate the specific gravity of a mineral sample from selected data
    • recognise how specific gravity can vary from one mineral sample to another
    • relate physical properties such as specific gravity as an aid in the identification of minerals.

    Download the Word file (see link below) for:

    • introduction/background notes
    • instructions on what you need and what to do
    • discussion questions
    • ideas for extending your students
    • student worksheet.
      Published 27 April 2010 Referencing Hub articles