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Crime Scene Chemistry for the Armchair Sleuth

ISBN-10: 1591025052
ISBN-13: 9781591025054
Edition: 2007
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Description: More than twenty-five demonstrations, using ordinary household products and items, you can become familiar with the basics of forensic chemistry and gain insights into the painstaking work that goes into criminal investigations that is rarely seen  More...

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Book details

List price: $27.99
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Prometheus Books, Publishers
Publication date: 7/17/2007
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 394
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.452
Language: English

More than twenty-five demonstrations, using ordinary household products and items, you can become familiar with the basics of forensic chemistry and gain insights into the painstaking work that goes into criminal investigations that is rarely seen on TV.

Jack G. Goldsmith, Ph.D. (Lexington, SC), is a reserve officer and information management officer for the Town of Lexington Police Department and former associate professor of chemistry at the University of South Carolina at Aiken.

Acknowledgments
Apologia
Introduction: The Chemistry of Crime
The Case of the Innovative Introduction
Public Safety-and Personal, Too
Crime Lab and Crime Solutions
Bare-Bones Chemistry
A Significant Difference
Confidence in Chemistry and Confidence in Clues: The Significance of Digits
The Case of the Presumptive Perp
Cashing It In
Improbable Profiling: Finding Massive Clues
The Case of the Significant Other
The Color of Crime
My Dear Watson: Elements and the Evidence They Contain
The Case of the Mystifying Metal
Chromatography and Crime
Isolating the Witness: Screening Tests Tell
The Case of the Dueling Drugs
A Case of Friction
Fatal Attraction: Intermolecular Forces Make the Charges Stick
The Case of the Sticky Situation
The Current Case
Volatile Situation: Mass, Gas, and Chemical Fingerprints
The Case of the Validating Vacuum
Place of Confinement
Too Much of a Good Thing: Establishing Concentration Levels
A Case of Strong Medicine
Solid Evidence
Crystal-Clear Crime: Microcrystalline Identification
The Case of the Sweet Surrender
Felonious Interactions
Physical Evidence
A Change for the Worse: When It Gets Physical
The Case of the Physical Flaw
Precipitating Events
Chemistry Under the Influence: Compounding the Crime
A Case of Nerves
Seeing Red, Wearing Blue
Acrimonious Adversity: Acid-Base Chemistry
The Case of the Cracked Case
Reduced to Essentials
Burning Passion: Runaway Redox Reactions
The Case of the Reducing Rat
Incriminating Chemistry
The Smoking Gun: Explosive Chemical Reactions
The Case of the Material Witness
Three Strikes and a Foul
In Hot Water: Thermochemistry
A Very Cold Case
Sequence of Events
Doing Time: The Importance of Chemical Reaction Rates
A Matter of Timing
Extracting the Truth
The Clue Is in the GUE: Physical Equilibrium
The Case of the Perfect Grime
Evidence Indicating Otherwise
Equal, Just as for All: Chemical Equilibrium
The Case of the Well-Handled Crime
Interrogation Lights
Behind Prism Bars
Enough Rope: Infrared Spectroscopy for Fiber and More
A Case of Canine Karma
Examining the Evidence
Under the Microscope: Microscopy
The Case of Courting Trouble
Point of Law
Sexy Science: Laser Ablation
The Case of the Subtle Smear
Illuminating Details
The Glaring Truth: Chemiluminescence and Fluorescence
The Case of the Hirsute Homeless
Corpus Delicti
Pointing the Finger
The Prince of Forensics: Fingerprint Technology
The Case of the Elusive Acetone
A Bloody Shame
Sticky Cases: Bodily Fluid Identification
The Case of the Contraband Confection
Sorting Out the Facts
Unlocking the Cell: Death, Decay, and DNA
The Case of the Flowery Felon
The Big Jolt
Sniffing Out the Truth: The Future of Forensic Chemistry
The Case of the Clean Getaway
Postmortem
The Periodic Table of the Elements
Endnotes
Bibliography
Index

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