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Geometry of Crystal Structure

kit #401

With this interesting and fun kit, students use transparent pre-cut shapes to construct models of the six basic crystal shapes. They insert axes at established center points on each crystal face. Using the goniometers, which are provided, students measure the length of the axes and the angles formed. They observe the geometric shape of all facets (squares, rectangles, and triangles) and record the data about each crystal form. By rotating the model on a central axis, students study the symmetry and repetition of forms.
They derive their own definitions of each crystal form using the measurements and observations recorded in their data charts. This is also an excellent math-science activity! This activity expands on the four basic crystal systems introduced in Introduction to Mineral Crystals (LAB-AIDSĀ® No. 400).


  • Construct models of basic shapes
  • Measure lengths and angles
  • Observe the geometric shape of facets
  • Study symmetry and repetition of forms
  • Derive definition from measurements

Content List in Geometry of Crystal Structure is as follows:

Quantity Description
1 Teachers Guide
30 Student Worksheets and Guides
15 Goniometers
1 Crystal model axes set
10 Cubic models
10 Hexagonal models
10 Monoclinic models
10 Orthorhombic models
10 Tetragonal models
10 Triclinic models
Number of students
Number of groups
Maximum 10 groups

To complete this kit requires one ~50-minute class period.

Title Item # Price Quantity
Geometry of Crystal Structure 401 $154.45