It is the intent of this course to deal with the very broad aspects of coal petrology. In the process of doing this, we intend to point out many of the areas in which the science has been applied to geological and various production problems and also to suggest some areas where future work may be of value. This is not a course dealing with the advanced areas of research nor the advanced details of the applied aspects of coal petrology.
In addition, we hope that we can provide some basic reference materials, some procedural techniques and possibly some ideas for those of you who wish to pursue work in this area. It is not our intent to train you as coal petrologists but rather to give you some ideas of what the capabilities and limitations of the field are, and to help you get started on your own if you wish to pursue any of these ideas to greater length.
These notes are intended to be "lecture notes only", presented as an aid for you. They are not a textbook and were never envisioned to be such an undertaking.