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Illustrated Guide to Home Forensic Science Experiments: All Lab, No Lecture

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Have you ever wondered whether the forensic science youve seen on TV is anything like the real thing? Theres no better way to find out than to roll up your sleeves and do it yourself. This full-color book offers advice for setting up an inexpensive home lab, and includes more than 50 hands-on lab sessions that deal with forensic science experiments in biology, chemistry, and physics. Youll learn the practical skills and fundamental knowledge needed to pursue forensics as a lifelong hobby—or even a career.

The forensic science procedures in this book are not merely educational, theyre the real deal. Each chapter includes one or more lab sessions devoted to a particular topic. Youll find a complete list of equipment and chemicals you need for each session.

  • Analyze soil, hair, and fibers
  • Match glass and plastic specimens
  • Develop latent fingerprints and reveal blood traces
  • Conduct drug and toxicology tests
  • Analyze gunshot and explosives residues
  • Detect forgeries and fakes
  • Analyze impressions, such as tool marks and footprints
  • Match pollen and diatom samples
  • Extract, isolate, and visualize DNA samples

Through their company, The Home Scientist, LLC (thehomescientist.com/forensics), the authors also offer inexpensive custom kits that provide specialized equipment and supplies youll need to complete the experiments. Add a microscope and some common household items and youre good to go.

Synopsis:

Have you ever wondered whether the forensic science you've seen on TV is anything like the real thing? There's no better way to find out than to roll up your sleeves and do it yourself. The Illustrated Guide to Home Forensic Science Experiments offers advice for setting up an inexpensive home lab, and includes more than 50 hands-on lab sessions that deal with forensic science experiments in chemistry, biology, physics, and medicine. You'll learn the practical skills and fundamental knowledge needed to pursue forensics as a lifelong hobby--or even a career. This book will help you:

  • Analyze soil, hair, and fibers
  • Match glass and plastic specimens
  • Develop latent fingerprints and reveal blood traces
  • Conduct drug and toxicology tests
  • Analyze gunshot, explosives, and metal residues
  • Detect forgeries and fakes
  • Analyze impressions, such as tool marks and footprints
  • Match pollen and diatom samples
  • Extract DNA samples and separate them by gel electrophoresis

You'll gain a real appreciation for forensic science, and discover how persistent and inventive these technicians really are. The world of forensics awaits you.

Synopsis:

If youre taking a basic course in classical physics, or have a healthy curiosity for the way things work in the physical world, the Illustrated Guide to Home Physics Experiments provides an ideal hands-on introduction to physics lab techniques and data analysis. With this book and a few simple (and inexpensive) tools and materials, youll learn to conduct experiments that answer questions about our world, make demonstrations to show off physical principles, and do theoretical lab work to discover how the world works.

Perfect for do-it-yourselfers, home-schooled high school students, and college students, this book will help you:

  • Learn everything from the basics of motion all the way to particle physics—including energy, thermodynamics, magnetic fields, optics, and much more
  • Take careful measurements of physical phenomena and conduct data analysis
  • Build and perform physics demonstrations that are fascinating and fun
  • Construct computer models to represent aspects of the physical world

Its easy to get started. You can build most of the experiments and demonstrations in this book with ordinary household tools, using materials that you can scrounge, borrow, or get free. The most important thing is your willingness to enter the door of discovery that awaits you. The Illustrated Guide to Home Physics Experiments is your key.

About the Author

Robert Bruce Thompson is a coauthor of Building the Perfect PC, Astronomy Hacks, and the Illustrated Guide to Astronomical Wonders. Thompson built his first computer in 1976 from discrete chips. It had 256 bytes of memory, used toggle switches and LEDs for I/O, ran at less than 1MHz, and had no operating system. Since then, he has bought, built, upgraded, and repaired hundreds of PCs for himself, employers, customers, friends, and clients. Robert spends most clear, moonless nights outdoors with his 10-inch Dobsonian reflector telescope, and is currently designing a larger, computerized, truss-tube Dobsonian that he plans to build.

Barbara Fritchman Thompson is, with her husband Robert, the co-author of numerous books about computers, science, and technology. With her Masters in Library Science and twenty years' experience as a public librarian, Barbara is the research half of our writing team.

Table of Contents

Preface Chapter 1: Laboratory Safety Chapter 2: Equipping Your Forensics Laboratory Soil Analysis Chapter 3: Lab I-1 Gather and Prepare Soil Samples Chapter 4: Lab I-2 Examine the Physical Characteristics of Soil Chapter 5: Lab I-3 Examine the Microscopic Characteristics of Soil Chapter 6: Lab I-4 Assay Phosphate Concentrations in Soil Specimens Chapter 7: Lab I-5 Examine the Spectroscopic Characteristics of Soil Hair and Fiber Analysis Chapter 8: Lab II-1 Gathering Hair Specimens Chapter 9: Lab II-2 Study the Morphology of Human Scalp Hair Chapter 10: Lab II-3 Make Scale Casts of Hair Specimens Chapter 11: Lab II-4 Study the Morphology of Animal Hair Chapter 12: Lab II-5 Individualize Human Hair Specimens Chapter 13: Lab II-6 Physical and Chemical Tests of Fibers Chapter 14: Lab II-7 Study the Morphology of Fibers and Fabrics Glass and Plastic Analysis Chapter 15: Lab III-1 Determine Densities of Glass and Plastic Specimens Chapter 16: Lab III-2 Compare Refractive Indices of Glass and Plastic Specimens Chapter 17: Lab III-3 Observe Shatter Patterns Revealing Latent Fingerprints Chapter 18: Lab IV-1 Dusting and Lifting Latent Fingerprints Chapter 19: Lab IV-2 Revealing Latent Fingerprints Using Iodine Fuming Chapter 20: Lab IV-3 Revealing Latent Fingerprints Using Ninhydrin Chapter 21: Lab IV-4 Revealing Latent Fingerprints Using Superglue Fuming Chapter 22: Lab IV-5 Revealing Latent Fingerprints On Sticky Surfaces Chapter 23: Lab IV-6 Revealing Latent Fingerprints On Brass Cartridge Cases Detecting Blood Chapter 24: Lab V-1 Testing the Sensitivity and Selectivity of Kastle-Meyer Reagent Impression Analysis Chapter 25: Lab VI-1 Tool Mark Analysis Chapter 26: Lab VI-2 Matching Images to Cameras Chapter 27: Lab VI-3 Perforation and Tear Analysis Forensic Drug Testing Chapter 28: Lab VII-1 Presumptive Drug Testing Chapter 29: Lab VII-2 Detect Cocaine and Methamphetamine on Paper Currency Chapter 30: Lab VII-3 Analysis of Drugs by Chromatography Chapter 31: Lab VII-4 Observation of Drug Microcrystalline Structures and Precipitation Reactions Chapter 32: Lab VII-5 Assay Vitamin C in Urine by Iodometric Titration Forensic Toxicology Chapter 33: Lab VIII-1 Salicylate Determination by Visual Colorimetry Chapter 34: Lab VIII-2 Detect Alkaloid Poisons with Dragendorff's Reagent Gunshot and Explosive Residues Analysis Chapter 35: Lab IX-1 Presumptive Color Tests for Gunshot Residue Chapter 36: Lab IX-2 Presumptive Color Tests for Explosives Residues Detecting Altered and Forged Documents Chapter 37: Lab X-1 Revealing Alterations in Documents Chapter 38: Lab X-2 Analysis of Inks by Chromatography Chapter 39: Lab X-3 Forensic Analysis of Paper Forensic Biology Chapter 40: Lab XI-1 Pollen Analysis Chapter 41: Lab XI-2 Diatom Analysis Chapter 42: Lab XI-3 Extract, Isolate, and Visualize DNA Chapter 43: Lab XI-4 DNA Analysis by Gel Electrophoresis

Product Details

ISBN:
9781449334512
Author:
Thompson, Robert Bruce
Publisher:
Maker Media, Inc
Author:
Thompson, Barbara Fritchman
Subject:
Forensic Science
Subject:
Science Reference-Experiments
Subject:
blood;crime scene;detective;evidence;forensic science;forensics;investigation;police
Subject:
CourseSmart Subject Description
Edition Description:
Print PDF
Publication Date:
20120831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
9.75 x 8 in

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"Synopsis" by ,

Have you ever wondered whether the forensic science you've seen on TV is anything like the real thing? There's no better way to find out than to roll up your sleeves and do it yourself. The Illustrated Guide to Home Forensic Science Experiments offers advice for setting up an inexpensive home lab, and includes more than 50 hands-on lab sessions that deal with forensic science experiments in chemistry, biology, physics, and medicine. You'll learn the practical skills and fundamental knowledge needed to pursue forensics as a lifelong hobby--or even a career. This book will help you:

  • Analyze soil, hair, and fibers
  • Match glass and plastic specimens
  • Develop latent fingerprints and reveal blood traces
  • Conduct drug and toxicology tests
  • Analyze gunshot, explosives, and metal residues
  • Detect forgeries and fakes
  • Analyze impressions, such as tool marks and footprints
  • Match pollen and diatom samples
  • Extract DNA samples and separate them by gel electrophoresis

You'll gain a real appreciation for forensic science, and discover how persistent and inventive these technicians really are. The world of forensics awaits you.

"Synopsis" by ,

If youre taking a basic course in classical physics, or have a healthy curiosity for the way things work in the physical world, the Illustrated Guide to Home Physics Experiments provides an ideal hands-on introduction to physics lab techniques and data analysis. With this book and a few simple (and inexpensive) tools and materials, youll learn to conduct experiments that answer questions about our world, make demonstrations to show off physical principles, and do theoretical lab work to discover how the world works.

Perfect for do-it-yourselfers, home-schooled high school students, and college students, this book will help you:

  • Learn everything from the basics of motion all the way to particle physics—including energy, thermodynamics, magnetic fields, optics, and much more
  • Take careful measurements of physical phenomena and conduct data analysis
  • Build and perform physics demonstrations that are fascinating and fun
  • Construct computer models to represent aspects of the physical world

Its easy to get started. You can build most of the experiments and demonstrations in this book with ordinary household tools, using materials that you can scrounge, borrow, or get free. The most important thing is your willingness to enter the door of discovery that awaits you. The Illustrated Guide to Home Physics Experiments is your key.

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