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

Illustrated Guide to Home Forensic Science Experiments: All Lab, No Lecture
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    Illustrated Guide to Home Forensic Science Experiments: All Lab, No Lecture
  • Author:
    Robert Bruce Thompson, Barbara Fritchman Thompson
  • Edition:
    1 edition
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  • Data:
    August 24, 2012
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  • Pages:
    446 pages
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Book Description
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. 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. You’ll 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, they’re the real deal. Each chapter includes one or more lab sessions devoted to a particular topic. You’ll 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



Group I Soil Analysis
Lab I-1. Gather and Prepare Soil Samples
Lab I-2. Examine the Physical Characteristics of Soil
Lab I-3. Examine the Microscopic Characteristics of Soil
Lab I-4. Assay Phosphate Concentrations in Soil Specimens
Lab I-5. Examine the Spectroscopic Characteristics of Soil

Group II Hair and Fiber Analysis
Lab II-1. Gathering Hair Specimens
Lab II-2. Study the Morphology of Human Scalp Hair
Lab II-3. Make Scale Casts of Hair Specimens
Lab II-4. Study the Morphology of Animal Hair
Lab II-5. Individualize Human Hair Specimens
Lab II-6. Physical and Chemical Tests of Fibers
Lab II-7. Study the Morphology of Fibers and Fabrics

Group III Glass and Plastic Analysis
Lab III-1. Determine Densities of Glass and Plastic Specimens
Lab III-2. Compare Refractive Indices of Glass and Plastic Specimens
Lab III-3. Observe Shatter Patterns

Group IV Revealing Latent Fingerprints
Lab IV-1. Dusting and Lifting Latent Fingerprints
Lab IV-2. Revealing Latent Fingerprints Using Iodine Fuming
Lab IV-3. Revealing Latent Fingerprints Using Ninhydrin
Lab IV-4. Revealing Latent Fingerprints Using Superglue Fuming
Lab IV-5. Revealing Latent Fingerprints On Sticky Surfaces
Lab IV-6. Revealing Latent Fingerprints On Brass Cartridge Cases

Group V Detecting Blood
Lab V-1. Testing the Sensitivity and Selectivity of Kastle-Meyer Reagent

Group VI Impression Analysis
Lab VI-1. Tool Mark Analysis
Lab VI-2. Matching Images to Cameras
Lab VI-3. Perforation and Tear Analysis

Group VII Forensic Drug Testing
Lab VII-1. Presumptive Drug Testing
Lab VII-2. Detect Cocaine and Methamphetamine on Paper Currency
Lab VII-3. Analysis of Drugs by Chromatography
Lab VII-4. Observation of Drug Microcrystalline Structures and Precipitation Reactions
Lab VII-5. Assay Vitamin C in Urine by Iodometric Titration

Group VIII Forensic Toxicology
Lab VIII-1. Salicylate Determination by Visual Colorimetry
Lab VIII-2. Detect Alkaloid Poisons with Dragendorff’s Reagent

Group IX Gunshot and Explosive Residues Analysis
Lab IX-1. Presumptive Color Tests for Gunshot Residue
Lab IX-2. Presumptive Color Tests for Explosives Residues

Group X Detecting Altered and Forged Documents
Lab X-1. Revealing Alterations in Documents
Lab X-2. Analysis of Inks by Chromatography
Lab X-3. Forensic Analysis of Paper

Group XI Forensic Biology
Lab XI-1. Pollen Analysis
Lab XI-2. Diatom Analysis
Lab XI-3. Extract, Isolate, and Visualize DNA
Lab XI-4. DNA Analysis by Gel Electrophoresis

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