The Laboratory Experience
Hands on experience is an important part of learning science. The laboratory experiments are carefully designed and chosen to assist you in achieving a better understanding of forensics. For fall quarter we will meet for lab on the mondays of weeks three, six and nine between the hours of 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM. (There will be breaks throughout the day to obtain nourishment.)
The class will be divided into two groups: A and B. Within groups A and B, roles will be assigned and designated as either "scientist" or "reporter". Each student will participate in a given laboratory experiment twice, once as the reporter and once as the scientist. If you are a scientist in the morning session then you will be the reporter in the afternoon.
As the "scientist" an integral part of the laboratory experience is a lab notebook. Be sure to leave room at the beginning of a new notebook for the table of contents. There is some flexibility with lab notebook style but the guidelines found on the laboratory notebook page must be followed.
As the "reporter" an integral part of the laboratory experience is the lab journal. Be sure to leave room at the beginning of a new journal for the table of contents. There is some flexibility with lab journal style but the guidelines found on the laboratory journal page must be followed.
To receive full credit you must maintain an adequate lab notebook and lab journal .
Your safety in the lab is very important to us. During the second week of classes there will be a laboratory safety workshop. Please take a look at the laboratory safety manual to prepare for this workshop. The safety workshop must be completed before you will be allowed to work in the lab.
All experiments will be posted on the web. IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO PRINT OUT each experiment and bring it to lab. (When you bring it to lab you should have already read the experiment and completed the prelab assignment in your lab notebook.)
Experiment # 4 (week 2, winter): Dissection of a Fetal Pig OR laboratory make-up assignment
Experiment # 5 (week 4, winter): Tire Tracks and Shoe Imprints
Experiment # 6 (week 5, winter): Chemical Sleuthing
(FALL QUARTER) Experiment # 1(week 3): Hair Fiber and Glass Analysis
(FALL QUARTER) Experiment # 2 (week 6): DNA Fingerprinting
(FALL QUARTER) Experiment # 3 (week 9): Ballistics & Explosives
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