Forensics 4th Six Weeks

Day 1 (1/08): Students will be able to describe the electromagnetic spectrum and light characteristics such as waves, wavelength, frequency, and speed  

Day 2 (1/10): Students will be able to define the properties of light and name uses of the electromagnetic spectrum in forensics science (technology)

Day 3 and Day (1/14 and 1/16): Students will be able to name and understand uses of spectroscopy and EM radiation in forensics science and characterize the microscopic examination of paint

  • Continue Light Emission Notes (Day 1) - slide 18 - 31

Day 5 and Day 6 (1/18 and 1/23):  Students will be able to identify the different components of automobile paint, characterize the microscopic examination of paint, list and define the techniques used in paint comparisons, and understand how to properly collect and preserve paint evidence

Day 7 and Day 8 (1/25 and 1/29): Students will be able to demonstrate understanding of light and automobile paint as it pertains to forensics science

  • Day 7 - Review for Test
  • Day 8 - TEST Light and Paint 

Day 9 (1/31): Students will be able to distinguish between various types of impression evidence and differentiate between class and individual characteristics

Day 9 (2/4):  Students will be able to collect and preserve footwear impressions left on soil by plaster casting

Day 10 (2/6):  Students will observe, measure, and compare various characteristics of tread patterns and be able to discuss the difference between tire tread and tire track impressions

  • Tire Track Lab
  • Take notes over Tire Tread and Tire Track Impressions (after Day 7 and Day 8)


Day 11 (2/8):  Students will describe how criminals obliterate fingerprints, illustrate the history of fingerprinting, and list the three major fingerprint patterns  

Day 12 (2/12):  Students will be able to illustrate the history of fingerprinting and explain factors affecting fingerprints and obtain quality fingerprint impressions of another person  

Day 13 (2/14):  Students will be able to explain the Integrated Automatic Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS) 


  • Research the IAFIS operated by the FBI and write a minimum two-page paper explaining the system.  Make should to cite sources. The Writing Rubric will be used to grade the paper.  

Day 14 (2/19): Students will be able to obtain quality set of prints from another person and list the basic principles underlying the use of fingerprints in criminal investigations 


Day 15 (2/21): Students will be able to select appropriate techniques for the development of latent prints on various surfaces  

  • Finish Developing Latent Fingerprints Notes
  • Developing of Latent Fingerprints Lab  

Day 15 (2/14): Students will be able to identify characteristics of human blood and determine genetics of the human red blood cell system  

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