Crime Scene Chemistry

Kit Contents

 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 with the science kit. Project directions are available online.

Crime Scene Chemistry

Price: $44.95
Project Difficulty: Intermediate
Project Length: 1 day
Project Instructions: Crime Scene Chemistry project

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!

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