Forensic Science: The Basics, Second Edition

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CRC Press, Sep 7, 2006 - Law - 560 pages
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Forensic Science: The Basics explains every aspects of crime scene investigation, moving from basic areas of criminalistics and beyond to pathology, anthropology, and engineering. It also explores new and emerging areas such as forensic entomology. With no previous knowledge of either science or law required, information is self-contained and conveyed at the lowest possible non-scientific level, making this text suitable for both lower level academic adoptions as well as for a general audience. It also offers a complete package of ancillary material for instructors.

 Comprehensive and Up-to-Date

• Covers DNA, drugs, firearms, fingerprints, and trace evidence

• Includes cutting-edge material on spectroscopy, chromatography, microscopy, odontology, and entomology

• Demonstrates the practical application of modern chemistry, biology, and other laboratory sciences

 

Each chapter:

• Opens with learning objectives, a chapter outline, and an introduction

• Closes with a summary and review questions for self-testing

• Contains real-life examples, many from the author’s own experience

Build an exceptional classroom experience with this dynamic resource!

• More than 200 full color nongraphic illustrations

• Countless figures, tables, and charts

• A wealth of supporting material including lecture slides and test questions available on www.classwire.com

• Real case studies to demonstrate forensic concepts in action

• Suggested student projects to reinforce learning

 

Appropriate for High School and University Students

• Written in the lucid and concise style of a master teacher

• Fully explains the scientific basics required

• Omits potentially traumatic photographs and subject matter

 

About the Author

Eminently qualified to create this work, Jay Siegel is both a practicing forensic expert and a master instructor. He has worked for the Virginia Bureau of Forensic Sciences and published extensively in the field. He continues to be called upon as an expert witness, having testified over 200 times in state, federal, and military courts across the country. With nearly thirty years of teaching experience, he is highly active in curriculum development for forensic science classes taught at all levels, from junior high through graduate school. He is currently director of the Forensic and Investigative Sciences Program at Purdue University in Indiana.

In February of 2009, Mr. Siegel received the "Distinguished Fellow" award from the American Academy of Forensic Sciences at its annual meeting. This is the highest honor that the Academy bestows upon a fellow. In addition, George Washington University has selected Mr. Siegel for the 2008-2009 "Distinguished Alumni Scholar." This award, the highest that the University bestows upon its alumni, is designated for those who have made truly outstanding contributions to the knowledge base of their disciplines.

 

For Instructors Only:

Develop and Customize Your Curriculum

  • Draw from hundreds of PowerPoint® slides and illustrations to supplement your lectures
  • Organize your class with Dr. Siegel’s helpful outlines and learning objectives
  • Review answers to end-of-chapter questions
  • Build exams for different levels from a giant test bank of problems

This book also works in conjunction with Forensic Science Laboratory Manual and Workbook, Revised Edition.

 

All ancillary material will be available in convenient website format at www.classwire.com.

 

Upon request, photographs, lecture slides, and a test bank are also available to instructors on CD.

  

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Contents

Introduction to Forensic Science
3
Crime Scene Investigation
29
The Nature of Evidence
51
TOOLS OF THE TRADE
67
Separating Complex Mixtures
69
Light and Matter
97
Microscopy
117
PATTERNS AND IMPRESSIONS
143
Entomology
291
Serology and Blood Stain Patterns
303
DNA Typing
329
Hairs
357
FORENSIC CHEMISTRY
377
Illicit Drugs
379
Forensic Toxicology
407
Fibers Paints and Other Polymers
431

Fingerprints and Other Impressions
145
Questioned Documents
185
Firearms and Toolmarks
217
FORENSIC BIOLOGY
245
Forensic Pathology
247
Anthropology and Odontology
267
Glass and Soil
457
Fires and Explosions
475
LEGAL ASPECTS OF FORENSIC SCIENCE
505
Some Legal Aspects of Forensic Science
507
Index
529
Copyright

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