Investigating Chemistry
Third Edition   ©2012

Investigating Chemistry

Introductory Chemistry From A Forensic Science Perspective

Matthew Johll (Illinois Valley Community College)

  • ISBN-10: 1-4292-5522-6; ISBN-13: 978-1-4292-5522-6; Format: Cloth Text, 482 pages

Fascinating Forensic Theme. All of the examples and applications in the text come from the field of forensic chemistry, reinforcing the coverage of basic principles with intriguing examples while revealing the actual crime-fighting capabilities of forensic science. Students are drawing into the study of chemistry with crime scene reports, Sherlock Holmes stories, and true accounts of drug deals, murders and thefts.
 
Traditional Organization and Coverage. While the forensic theme gives the book a distinctive flavor, the topics and organization match the standard curriculum for the course, making sure that liberal arts and other nonmajors students get the grounding in basic chemistry they need.
 
Pedagogy Developed for Nonmajors. Learning Objectives start each chapter by showing students the key ideas they will encounter.
 
Case Studies follow real-life crime dramas in which forensic chemistry was used to solve the case. In each chapter, a single, chapter-spanning case study involves students in the forensic process while demonstrating essential chemistry concepts in action.
 
The Mathematics of… sections offer a grounding the mathematical topics appropriate to each chapter that is accessible to math-anxious students but not watered down. This material is optional, giving instructors the flexibility to determine the level of mathematical coverage for their course.
 
Evidence Analysis boxes focus on the instruments and techniques of analysis, introducing students to essential, day-to-day laboratory work.
 
Worked Examples give students a helpful roadmap for solving problems.
 
End-of-Chapter Problem
sets address a variety of student levels, and include Advanced Problems and Case Study Problems.