Book 1 of Senior Forensic Chemistry requires no previous knowledge of forensic chemistry.
Students will discover that forensic science is the application of scientific method to the law. Forensic scientists examine and analyse items and materials gathered from a crime scene, suspect of victim with the aim of providing information to assist a criminal investigation. Forensic chemists analyse the chemical substances gathered, using a variety of tests and equipment.
Some units are self contained, while others involve practical experiments and exercises.
Topics in Book 1 include:
- What is forensic science about?
- History of chemical analysis in forensics
- Development of microscopy and its use in forensics
- Experiment: sorting evidence using microscopes
- Qualitative and non-destructive tests
- Experiment: volumetric analysis of antacid tablets
- Experiment: chemical analysis of white powders
- Exercise: comparison of glass samples
- Soil analysis
- Atomic emission spectroscopy
- Colorimetric analysis of phosphates in detergents
About this series:
This series have been developed for the teaching of forensic chemistry, and to provide a forensic context for teaching applications of basic analytical chemistry concepts.