Masters Theses


"The subject of the utilization of mine models for instruction and display at institutions offering courses in mining engineering has not been widely discussed in the literature. The value of models as visual aids in teaching has long been recognized, and they have been extensively employed by some institutions and by some instructors. However, the writer believes that a wider range of types of models are suitable for instruction purposes than have been employed in the past, and that mining models, properly arranged and adequately labelled, may be used in displays to give both the layman and the beginning student a clear idea of mining practices and methods.

This discussion will consider the various types of models and methods for their construction which have been described in the literature. Sources from which models may be acquired, principally those sources which would be of use to a university mining department, and the uses for mine models also will be considered. Particular stress will be placed on the utilization of mine models for instruction and display. It is believed that a consideration of this problem will indicate not only new areas for model construction, but will lead also to fuller utilization of existing models in displays and indicate wider fields for the use of mine models in instruction.

During the course of the discussion, the restricted term, model of a mine, will be reserved for a model of a specific mining operation such as those which are employed as working models at operating properties; the more general terms, mine model and mining model will be employed to include all types of operating and non-operating models of mines, mining practices and methods, and mining equipment.

The photographs used as illustrations throughout this paper were taken of models from the display collection of the Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy, Rolla, Missouri"--Introduction, pages 1, 3.


Forrester, James Donald, 1906-1979


Mining Engineering

Degree Name

M.S. in Mining Engineering


Degree of Master of Science, Mining Engineering, Mining Geology Option -- Title page.


Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy

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v, 93 pages

Note about bibliography

Includes bibliographical references (pages 88-92).


© 1952 William M. Shepard, All rights reserved.

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Thesis - Open Access

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Subject Headings

Machinery -- Models
Mining schools and education -- Audio-visual aids
Geology -- Study and teaching -- Audio-visual aids

Thesis Number

T 1029

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