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These files contain a set of three Excel files to balance mineral reactions, to explore variation of thermodynamic properties as a function of P, T and composition and to explore stability of different mineral reactions using the popular thermodynamic databases of Berman and Holland and Powell. A set of instructions as well as some suggested exercises are included as Word files. This allows students with little knowledge of thermodynamics to explore stability quantitatively (e.g. to see what metastable and stable mean); students learning thermodynamics can see the workings of the databases from the "inside" and explore various properties including thermodynamic mixing behavior and non-ideality using simple models. The material can be used to accompany students from fairly introductory courses to advanced thermodynamics courses.
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