Forensics with Vernier

Containing lab activities dealing with various aspects of forensic science, each experiment is preceded by a short scenario that introduces the concepts or methods to be addressed in the activity. These introductory sequences are designed to “hook” the students and show them situations that require various forensic techniques. The Case Analysis questions for each activity relate to the concepts and techniques addressed in the lab, and many require the students to “solve” the crime introduced in the scenario with the data they collect.

Table of Contents

Experiment Suggested Products
1 Tracks of a Killer No probeware used
2 Bouncing Back Motion Detector
3 Name That Tune Microphone
4 Making Cents of Math: Linear Relationship between Weight and Quantity Dual-Range Force Sensor
5 The Ink is Still Wet Colorimeter
6 Measuring Momentum Motion Detector
7 Drug Tests pH Sensor, Conductivity Probe
8 No Dumping pH Sensor, Conductivity Probe
9 Killer Cup of Coffee Colorimeter
10 Dropped at the Scene No probeware used
11 Ashes to Ashes Stainless Steel Temperature Probe
12 Hit and Run Motion Detector
13 Life in the Fast Lane Dual-Range Force Sensor
14 Chill Out: How Hot Objects Cool Stainless Steel Temperature Probe