Crime Scene Chemistry
Try your hand as a forensic scientist. Learn to use chemical analysis techniques to identify an unknown substance.
"My daughter thought she would not understand chemistry - but thoroughly enjoyed this experiment. Her interest was sparked which made completion of the project "easy."
-Parent, Buffalo, NY
Discover what it is like to be a forensic chemist with this hands-on kit!
Following the scenario and instructions set out in the Crime Scene Chemistry project, you will perform a series of tests to identify an unknown substance discovered in the kitchen of a critically ill elderly lady. Is it a common kitchen ingredient like sugar, salt, or cornstarch? Or will tests reveal that the mystery substance is aspirin—an over-the-counter pain medication that can be toxic at high doses?
The experimental tests included in the kit are easy to perform, safe, reliable, and clearly demonstrate how different chemical properties like color, solubility, and reactiveness are useful during chemical analysis of an unknown substance. This kit is a fun introduction to real-world chemistry!
Each kit contains:
| 3|| Reaction plate|
| 1|| Wax pencil|
| 1|| Powdered aspirin, 5 gm|
| 1|| Unknown presumed to be sugar, 5 gm|
| 1|| Unknown presumed to be salt, 5 gm|
| 1|| Unknown presumed to be cornstarch, 5 gm|
| 1|| Distilled water, 10 mL|
| 1|| Sodium Hydroxide 1M, 10 mL|
| 1|| Ferric nitrate 0.2M, 10 mL|
| 1|| Lugol's iodine, 5 mL|
| 1|| MSDS sheets|
| 1|| Gloves, disposable|
Printed instructions are not included in the science kit. Project directions are available online.