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Mineral Tests

10 words

mineral a naturally occuring, inorganic solid that has a crystal structure and a definite chemical composition
cleavage a mineral's ability to split easily along flat surfaces
crystal a solid in which the atoms are arranged in a pattern that repeats again and again
properties a characteristic, quality, or distinctive feature of something
density the ratio of the mass of a substance to its volume
luster the way a mineral reflects light from its surface
fracture the way a mineral looks when it breaks apart in an irregular way
hardness (Mohs hardness scale)- a test that ranks minerals from softest to hardest
color observed physical property of a mineral
streak test a test where a mineral is scratched along a piece of unglazed tile and the scientist looks at the color of the powder
Created by: dramaqueenkip