Forensic science experiments

Book - 2011

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Experiments for future scientists
New York, NY : Chelsea House c2011.
Physical Description
155 p. : ill
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Other Authors
Aviva Ebner (-)
Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 5–8—These books will help students discover and appreciate science. Solar stills, model landfills, handwriting analysis, and DNA extraction are just a few of the topics included. Each of the 20 experiments opens with a brief introduction that includes a little background information and an explanation of the activity. The extensive supply lists, clear illustrations, and data tables offer useful guidance. Unfortunately the sometimes vague or absent instructions will leave students puzzled, so these experiments are best done with the close supervision of an adult. While some of them can be done at home, others require a well-equipped lab and specialized materials. The "Further Reading" choices are not the best, with some of titles being tomes of information well above the heads of the intended audience and others outdated or out of print. With the wealth of new materials available about these quickly changing fields, this section is a missed opportunity. Each title includes a "Scope & Sequence Chart" and "Tips for Teachers."—Heather Acerro, Rochester Public Library, MN [Page 146]. (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Provides experiments forensic scientists use when involved in criminal investigations, from developing fingerprints to analyzing soil, hair, and powder.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Police procedurals and crime scene investigation shows are currently very popular on television. Viewers see the characters on these shows dusting for fingerprints, examining possible evidence, and solving crimes based on the tests and findings. Forensic Science Experiments is designed to provide a comprehensive overview of the types of scientific inquiry that might be conducted in the course of an investigation. From developing fingerprints to analyzing soil, hair, and powder, the experiments in this new volume will allow students to take the lead in the investigations. With easy-to-follow instructions, these experiments can be completed in school or at home, and will encourage young scientists to examine the world around them in closer detail.Experiments include:Studying and Comparing FingerprintsDeveloping FingerprintsTesting Textile SamplesUsing Chromatography to Identify PigmentsSoil AnalysisHair AnalysisPowder Analysis"Synthetic Urine AnalysisIdentifying Other Types of PrintsDNA Extraction TechniqueSolving an Ancient CaseHandwriting AnalysisBuilding Your Own Lie DetectorAnd more.