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Identifying physical properties of minerals

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List the physical properties of minerals that you can use to identify a mineral sample using household items AND describe in detail how you would identify a rock-forming mineral using a reference sheet and items you would find around the house.

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OK ... for simple household items they are referring to two types of tests: either of vinegar or lemon juice for a simple carbonate test (if it fizzes with acid, its calcite), and hardness: (Moh's Hardness Scale) fingernail is H2, copper penny is H3 (real one..old ones are copper, new ones are ...

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Answer defines a couple of basic mineral / geology terms and points to several references to assist in answering questions regarding how to ID rock-forming minerals