How do you know?
Observation Activities
Codes and Codebreaking
Liar's Puzzle
Wife Puzzle
Laboratory Experiments
Substance Identification Lab
Ink Chromatography Lab
Glass and Plastic
Identification Lab
Vibrational Frequencies
of Ethylene Lab

Poison Identification Lab

DNA Extraction
Case Studies
Stapleton's Fall
Romanov Family
Dead Body
Decomposition Model
Investigations using
Computer Models
Case of the Missing Lap Top
Adler Foods Mystery
Online Mysteries
Free Medline Access
Medical Dictionary
Forensic Science
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Forensic Science is the application of the scientific method to solving mysteries. Computers and computational methods are useful to forensic scientists. These methods allow scientists to view evidence with greater clarity, to simulate specific events and to save time by automating tedious processes.

How do you know?

One of the most useful tools a scientist has is the ability to reason. Logic skills are important in all fields of scientific inquiry. The activitivies on this page are designed to help students practice their observation skills, recognize the subjective nature of the human mind, and learn methods of reasoning.

Laboratory Experiments

Another tool in the forensic scientists arsenal is a grounded understanding in the basic sciences. Principles of chemistry, physics, mathematics, biology and even entymology aid in collecting and interpreting evidence. Students can experiment with the technical methods used in forensic science using these hands-on labs.

Case Studies

Students combine their scientific knowledge and computer modeling skills with their deductive reasoning ability to solve mysteries.