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Product 13075

By: The Flinn Staff

With the Document Analysis Forensics Laboratory Kit, experience five investigative techniques, collect evidence and establish standards for analyzing crime scene documents.

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Analyzing documents is an important aspect of forensic science. When a document, such as a will or a check, is used in a crime, it is important to determine its authenticity. Was the document altered? Was it forged? Careful analysis of documents might reveal obvious erasures, abnormal signatures, changes in handwriting or use of different inks, pencils or papers. Your students will experience five investigative techniques as they collect evidence and establish standards for analyzing crime scene documents. They will have fun as they try to copy signatures, conduct microscopic examinations of different papers and pencil markings and perform chromatography tests on various ink samples. Their analyses will establish the level of authenticity of crime scene documents. Pencils, pens, paper samples, chromatography paper and necessary chemicals are provided as well as detailed student and teacher materials.

Complete for 30 students working in pairs.

Correlation to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Science & Engineering Practices

Asking questions and defining problems
Analyzing and interpreting data
Obtaining, evaluation, and communicating information

Disciplinary Core Ideas

MS-PS1.A: Structure and Properties of Matter
MS-PS1.B: Chemical Reactions
HS-PS1.A: Structure and Properties of Matter
HS-PS1.B: Chemical Reactions

Crosscutting Concepts

Cause and effect
Structure and function

Performance Expectations

MS-PS1-3: Gather and make sense of information to describe that synthetic materials come from natural resources and impact society.
MS-PS1-2: Analyze and interpret data on the properties of substances before and after the substances interact to determine if a chemical reaction has occurred.
HS-PS1-3: Plan and conduct an investigation to gather evidence to compare the structure of substances at the bulk scale to infer the strength of electrical forces between particles.