Forensic Scientists: Identifying Unknown Substances

While some forensic tests can be completed in an hour, many take months to run. The lesson starts with a discussion of forensics at crime scenes and the various specializations that it encompasses. Then scholars complete an experiment using physical properties to identify three mystery substances.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Have additional mystery substances for students who finish early
Classroom Considerations

  • Follow all safety procedures when handling metals
  • Rather than drawing the density chart on the board, project it
  • This is the final lesson in a series of 10
Pros

  • Provides information about related careers
  • Includes high quality links
Cons

  • None
Common Core