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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,
Received August 1, 2011. Accepted October 10, 2011.

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

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