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Forensic Science: Advanced Investigations, Copyright Update, 1st Edition

  • Rhonda Brown
  • Jackie Davenport
  • ISBN-10: 130512071X
  • ISBN-13: 9781305120716
  • 560 Pages | Hardcover
  • Previous Editions: 2012
  • COPYRIGHT: 2016 Published
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About the Product

FORENSIC SCIENCE: ADVANCED INVESTIGATIONS, COPYRIGHT UPDATE, 1E is part of a comprehensive course offering as a second-level high school course in forensic science, a course area in which students have the opportunity to expand their knowledge of chemistry, biology, physics, earth science, math, and psychology, as well as associate this knowledge with real-life applications. This text builds on concepts introduced in FORENSIC SCIENCE: FUNDAMENTALS & INVESTIGATIONS, as well as introduces additional topics, such as arson and explosions. Following the same solid instructional design as the FUNDAMENTALS & INVESTIGATIONS text, the book balances extensive scientific concepts with hands-on classroom and lab activities, readings, intriguing case studies, and chapter-opening scenarios. The book's exclusive Gale Forensic Science eCollection™ database provides instant access to hundreds of articles and Internet resources that spark student interest and extend learning beyond the book. Comprehensive, time-saving teacher support and lab activities deliver exactly what you need to ensure that students receive a solid, complete science education that keeps readers at all learning levels enthused about science. This two-book series provides a solution that is engaging, contemporary, and specifically designed for high school students. Instructors can be confident that the program has been written by high school forensic science instructors with their unique needs in mind, including content tied to the national and state science standards they are accountable to teaching. The update has a new chapter on Digital Responsibility and Social Networking.


  • Same solid instructional design as FORENSIC SCIENCE: FUNDAMENTALS & INVESTIGATIONS with objectives, vocabulary terms, science standards, cases, notes, online research, numerous photos and illustrations, summary, career profiles, end-of-chapter review questions, bibliography, and many lab activities.

  • A wide variety of high-interest *lab activities* (three to five per chapter) save you time while giving students the hands-on experience needed to integrate their knowledge of science and related subjects. Hands-on lab activities outline the objectives, time required, materials, safety precautions, scenarios, background information, detailed procedures and data tables, follow-up questions, and research opportunities. Affordable lab activity materials allow for labs to be completed with minimal investment.

  • The Capstone Crime Scene project gives students the opportunity to apply key topics learned throughout the course.

  • Digging Deeper with Forensic Science eCollection™ guides students in exploring specific areas of interest related to forensic science for additional reinforcement.

  • The Gale Forensic Science eCollection™ allows you and your students to investigate the mysteries of forensic science in-depth with online access to hundreds of articles--from highly specialized academic journals to general science-focused magazines. You and your students stay current with the latest scientific developments in this growing field. No other publisher offers such a complete, exclusive resource.

About the Author

Rhonda Brown

Rhonda Brown is the STEM Project Manager for Lake County Schools in Florida. She taught middle and high school science in Indiana and in Florida. Brown developed the Florida state curriculum for Forensic Sciences I and co-authored the Forensic Science II curriculum. She received her Master's in Education degree from Indiana Wesleyan and Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Southern Indiana. In 2004, she received National Board Certification followed by East Ridge High School Teacher of the Year Award and the 2005 Disney Teacherrific Award for Outstanding Educational Program. In 2010, she was named Central Florida STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Teacher of the Year by the Air Force Association. Rhonda Brown has been a presenter at several local, state, and national education conferences including the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and Florida Association for Science Teachers (FAST). For the 2011-12 school year, she served an Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship in Molecular and Cellular Biosciences Division at the National Science Foundation.

Jackie Davenport

Jackie Davenport teaches earth science, honors chemistry, and forensic science at Tavares High School in Tavares, FL. She is the Small Learning Community Lead teacher for the Science, Technology, and Health Sciences community. Davenport is co-author of the Forensic Science II curriculum for the state of Florida. She earned a Master's in Educational Leadership degree from National Louis University and a Bachelor's in Science Education degree from East Carolina University. Her awards include Tavares High School Teacher of the Year, Lake County Teacher of the Year finalist, the 2005 Disney Teacherrific Award for Outstanding Educational Program, and Disney Teacherrific Special Judges Award in 2003. Jackie Davenport has served as a consultant for the National Education Program. She has also facilitated and presented at several state and national science teaching events, including the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), Florida Association for Science Teachers, and Florida Association of Science Supervisors.

Table of Contents

1. Overview of Forensics.
2. Interrogation and Forensic Science Reporting.
3. Forensic Laboratory Techniques.
4. Arson and Fire Investigations.
5. Explosions.
6. Body Systems.
7. Physical Trauma.
8. Autopsy and Truthful Reporting.
9. Physiology of Alcohol and Poisons (Toxicology).
10. Advanced Studies of DNA.
11. Forensic Odontology.
12. Entomology.
13. Crime Scene Reconstruction.
14. Cyber Crimes.
15. Digital Responsibility and Social Networking
16. Criminal Profiling.
17. Capstone Crime Scene Project.

New to this edition

  • New chapter on Digital Responsibility and Social Networking describes the impact of social media on the legal system and your students' lives.
  • Updated career profile, case coverage, and projects for Arias trial apply issues of social media.
  • New capstone project on digital issues allows students to apply the concepts.
  • New correlation of CCSS and NGSS in front matter shows topic coverage.
  • Forensic Science MindTapTM and Virtual Labs--Give your students real-world lab experience within an online environment with MindTap! MindTap is a fully online, highly personalized learning experience that combines readings, multimedia, activities, and assessments into a singular Learning Path. Each Virtual Lab activity includes: background information, 3-D crime scene, clear instructions, Toolkit, post-lab assessment, critical-thinking questions, and research activities.


All supplements have been updated in coordination with the Main title.
Please see Main title page for new to this edition information.

Instructor Supplements

Instructor's Resource CD-ROM  (ISBN-10: 1305120736 | ISBN-13: 9781305120730)

The Instructor Resource CD places key instructor resources at your fingertips, including Activity forms, Additional Activities, Chapter Outlines, Tests in Microsoft Word, Instructor Notes, Lesson Plans, Objective sheets, PowerPoint® Presentation slides for each chapter, and Rubrics.

Website  (ISBN-10: 130512085X | ISBN-13: 9781305120853)
Cengage Testing, powered by Cognero® Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1305120809 | ISBN-13: 9781305120808)

Cengage Learning Testing Powered by Cognero is a flexible, online system that allows you to: Author, edit, and manage test bank content from multiple Cengage Learning solutions; create multiple test versions in an instant; deliver tests from your learning management system, your classroom or wherever you want!