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Second Year

The second year of the Lassonde Mineral Engineering Program is common for all LME students. The courses emphasize fundamentals and provide an introduction to all aspects of the mineral resource and geotechnical sectors.

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Second Year Course Descriptions


CIV210F - Solid Mechanics I
An introduction to the mechanics of deformable bodies. General biaxial and triaxial stress conditions in continua are studied, as are elastic stress, strain and deformation relations for members subjected to axial load, bending and shear. Properties of plane sections, moment-area theorems for calculating deflection, and Mohr’s circle representation of stress and of moment of inertia are examined, followed by a look at stability. (Prerequisite: CIV101F)

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GLG206F - Materials of the Earth
An overview of the structural, chemical and optical properties of minerals. Laboratories on the identification of minerals in hand specimen and thin section. A mandatory 2 day field trip in late September.

MIN225F - Introduction to the Resource Industries
This course introduces the global resource industries in three parts. In Module 1, students learn about mineral resources in the economy, the origin of ore deposits, mineral exploration and processing techniques, land ownership and environmental issues. Engineering applications are emphasized. Exploration and development topics are investigated. Module 2 presents an introduction to modern mining engineering. The basics of both surface (open pit) and sub-surface mining is covered. Module 3 presents an introduction on the processing of mineral resources into metals. The course helps to develop communication skills through student presentations on current issues in the industry. Students will participate on a field trip to an operating mine. top

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CIV261F - Engineering Mathematics I
This course deals with both numerical methods for engineering analysis (solution of linear and non-linear equations, interpolation, numerical integration) and advanced topics in analytical calculus (multiple integrals and vector analysis). Within the numerical methods portion of the course emphasis is placed on problem formulation, solution algorithm design and programming applications. Within the analytical calculus portion emphasis is placed on the mathematical foundations of engineering practice and the interrelationship between analytical and numerical solution methods. (Prerequisite: APS106H1 F/S or equivalent).


MSE202F - Thermodynamics
Enthalpy and energy balances of reactions and processes. Gibbs free energy and its use to determine equilibrium compositions for single phase and two phase systems. Introduction of Ellingham and pre-dominance are diagrams for solid-gas systems. Treatment of ideal and non-ideal solutions with the introduction of the concept of activity and activity coefficient. Binary and ternary phase diagrams and their applications to materials processing and materials properties.

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MIN240F - Mine Survey Field School (August after Year II)
General principles and practice of surveying including measurement of horizontal distances, horizontal angles, vertical distances, survey calculations and sources of errors are discussed. Experience with the use of instruments and in the essentials of survey practice is emphasized. Unique problems related to mine surveying, particularly underground surveying, are discussed.

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GLG207S - Rock Forming Processes
Origin and classification of igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks and their associated ore deposits. Emphasis is placed on rock types in the context of plate tectonic theory, and the practical aspects of rock identification in hand sample and thin section.

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CIV263S - Probability Theory for Civil Engineers
Probability theory as the study of random phenomena in Civil Engineering systems, including the definition of probability, conditional probability, Bayes theorem in discrete and continuous sample spaces. Common single and multivariate distributions. Mathematical expectation including mean and variance. Independence. An introduction to realization of probability models and parameter estimation.

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MIE262S - Operational Research I
This course deals with the formulation of models for the design and operation of systems that produce goods and services.  Linear programming: the simplex algorithm, sensitivity analysis and duality; the assignment problem; introduction to network design; probabilistic inventory models; Markov chains

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MSE301S - Mineral Processing and Design
The theory and practice of mineral beneficiation including particle size measurement, comminution, sizing, liquid-solid separation and ore concentration by gravity, magnetic methods and flotation. The course also includes the relevant aspects of mineralogy, surface chemistry and the movement of solid particles in liquid media. (Prerequisite: MIN225H1F).

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