This booklet is part of the ‘Innovations in Practical Work’ series published by the Gatsby Science Enhancement Programme (SEP). Forensic science is widely featured in TV dramas and newspaper articles, though many people have a distorted view of this area.
The booklet introduces a range of qualitative and quantitative techniques that can be used in forensic chemistry to find out the composition of samples, with a particular emphasis on how microscale techniques can be used in the school laboratory.
The activities include student practical work, as well as research activities drawing on secondary sources of information.
The Forensic Chemistry booklet contains an illustrated overview of the topic with suggestions for teachers on how to introduce the ideas in the classroom, plus student activity sheets and notes for teachers and technicians.
The downloadable resources include:
• Student activities: zip files containing the activity sheets in PDF and editable Word formats.
• PowerPoint presentations: these contain a complete set of the images used in the booklet and activity sheets.
The ‘Innovations in Practical Work’ publications are supported by low-cost practical resources available from Mindsets: * SEP publications and resources from Mindsets
* Practical resources for Forensic Chemistry
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