The Chemical Educator
ISSN: 1430-4171 (electronic version)
Abstract Volume 16
(2011) pp 319-322
Incorporating a Forensic Science Problem-Solving Activity into an Analytical Chemistry Laboratory Course
Rebecca E. Rose and Neil Fitzgerald*
Department of Chemistry, Biochemistry, & Physics,
Marist College, 3399 North Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601,
Published: 21 December 2011
Abstract. A problem-solving exercise is described based on forensic science. The two-week exercise, incorporated at the end of an undergraduate analytical course, includes both laboratory and theoretical portions and tests studentsí ability to select appropriate analytical methods and interpret results. Survey results suggest that students found the exercise enjoyable and effective.
Key Words: Laboratories and Demonstrations; analytical chemistry; forensic science; crime scene; problem-solving
(*) Corresponding author. (E-mail: Neil.Fitzgerald@marist.edu)
Supporting Materials:Information for instructors and handouts for students are available (46 KB).