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All Lab, No Lecture

About the Author

Robert Bruce Thompson is a coauthor of Building the Perfect PC, Astronomy Hacks, and the Illustrated Guide to Astronomical Wonders. Thompson built his first computer in 1976 from discrete chips. It had 256 bytes of memory, used toggle switches and LEDs for I/O, ran at less than 1MHz, and had no operating system. Since then, he has bought, built, upgraded, and repaired hundreds of PCs for himself, employers, customers, friends, and clients. Robert spends most clear, moonless nights outdoors with his 10-inch Dobsonian reflector telescope, and is currently designing a larger, computerized, truss-tube Dobsonian that he plans to build.

Barbara Fritchman Thompson is, with her husband Robert, the co-author of numerous books about computers, science, and technology. With her Masters in Library Science and twenty years' experience as a public librarian, Barbara is the research half of our writing team.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Series: Diy Science
  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Maker Media, Inc; 1 edition (August 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449334512
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449334512
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 1 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #235,292 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Illustrated Guide to Home Forensic Science Experiments Illustrated Guide to Home Biology Experiments Illustrated Guide to Home Chemistry Experiments
Number of Experiments 109 83 64
Key Topics Lab Safety, Soil Analysis, Hair and Fiber Analysis, Glass and Plastic Analysis, Detecting Blood and Fingerprints, Drug Testing and Toxicology, Gunshot and Explosives Analysis Lab Safety, Microsms, Carbohydrates, Lipids, Proteins, Enzymes, Vitamins, DNA, Chlorophyll, Photosynthesis, Osmosis, Plants, Air Quality, Genetics, Culturing Bacteria, Antibiotic Resistance, Protists, Fungi, Invertebrates, and Vertebrates Lab Safety, Solutions, Colloids, Suspensions, Chemical Reactions, Redox Reactions, Acid-Base Chemistry, Chemical Kinetics, Gas, Thermochemistry, Electrochemistry, Photochemistry, Qualitative Analysis, Quantitative Analysis, Synthesizing Compounds
Some of the Equipment You'll Work With Magnifier, Microscope, Camera, Balance, Laboratory Glassware, Audio Recorder, Light Filters, Fuming Chambers, Reaction Plate Microscope, Culturing Equipment, Microtome, Dehydrator, Balance, Laboratory Glassware, Reaction Plate, Thermometer, pH Meter/Test Paper Laboratory Glassware, Crucibles, Mortar and Pestle, Reaction Plate, Balance, Lamp, Burner, Hotplate, Thermometer, Battery, Chromatography Paper
Optional Equipment Scanner, Photomicrography, Spectrometer, UV Light Source Spectrophotometer, Ultracentrifuge, DNA Processing Equipment Barometer, Separatory Funnel, Timer, Magnifier
Experiment You'll Tell Your Friends About Producing gunshot residue specimens Extracting and Visualizing DNA Use the Sherlock Holmes Test to Detect Blood
Experiment You Won't Tell Your Family About Testing currency for cocaine and methamphetamine Assaying Vitamin C Concentration in Urine Prepare a Flammable Gelled Sol

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The book itself is a great lab book with detailed content and a good layout. The reason for my lower rating is that it can be downloaded for free from the publishers website - [...] - and because you do need a kit to complete most of the labs - I was looking more for a set of forensics science labs that can be done with household items. I understand that it's not the book's fault that I didn't know how it was setup, but wanted to let others know exactly what is entailed here. :-)
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While the Illustrated Guide to Home Forensic Science Experiments: All Lab, No Lecture is not a pure play information security book, it's likely that anyone interested in information security will find this a fascinating read.

The book is written for anyone, from responsible teenagers to adults who want to learn about forensic science by doing real, hands-on laboratory work. While the tools for professional forensics investigators can cost ten to hundreds of thousands of dollars; the authors note that a basic forensic kit is not that expensive and can be had for a about $250-.

The book has over 50 different experiments. There are numerous experiments around testing soil samples, hair specimens, fibers and more. Traditional crime scene forensics includes dusting and lifting for latent fingerprints.

There are also a number of forensic drug testing experiments include how to detect cocaine and methamphetamine on paper currency and analysis of drugs by chromatography. Finally, there are a number of experiments on how to detect altered and forged documents via chromatography and other means.

The Illustrated Guide to Home Forensic Science Experiments: All Lab, No Lecture invites the reader to see if the forensic science on TV is anything like the real thing. The book shows you have you can get a hands-on understanding to find out.

Even for those that decide not to do any of the experiments, the book is a fascinating read and provides an excellent introduction to forensic science.

The book definitely has a cool factor to it and is different from anything available.

For the teenager, the Illustrated Guide to Home Forensic Science Experiments: All Lab, No Lecture is a great resource that will inspire and educate them, not numb their mind like a gratuitous video game. For the adult, it may reveal the latent forensic scientist that was always within them.
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Neglects to mention--and is not listed in the section below for "people who bought also bought"--the $165 kit of materials that you need to do the labs in this book. And that is only the first kit--to finish all the labs you will need 2 more kits that cost $79 and $51. This is largely because for some reason Amazon doesn't carry the kits, only the book. You must purchase the kits directly from the manufacturer. [...]

Although the labs looks pretty cool--something I would have LOVED to do when I was a kid--you just need to be aware that doing these experiments will cost a minimum of $200, and up to $350 (plus shipping).
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Title: Illustrated Guide to Home Forensic Science Experiments
Authors: Robert Bruce Thompson and Barbara Fritchman Thompson
Publisher: O'Reilly Media Inc
ISBN: 978-1-449-33451-2

Are you the type of person that loves television shows on forensic experiments and always wanted to know how to do them yourself, in your own home, sometimes using simple household products? Here is your chance to learn and do your own experiments with detailed instructions in Robert B. Thompson and Barbara Fritchman Thompson's "Illustrated Guide to Home Forensic Science Experiments."

This four hundred and twenty five page over-sized paperback in textbook format is ideal for the home school parent or public school teacher to be used as the basis of an academic, lab-based course on forensic science. With its all-lab, no-lecture structure, the book is broken down into eleven laboratory divisions that include list of materials, steps to do and review questions that involve over fifty scientific experiments. Besides bold red warning sections regarding safety issues performing the projects throughout each chapter, the end of the book has almost twenty pages of index. Included is an online reference website for further questions, purchasing kits and other chemicals and necessary products along with listings where items can be found commercially and locally.

The beginning of the book states that most current forensic work today is still done with the same procedures scientists used one hundred years ago so forensic tasks can be easily adapted by the do-it-yourself responsible teenager or adult hobbyist or enthusiast at home. Thus each descriptive venture can easily be understood and followed, producing results one can learn and record.
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I love this book. I have researched Barnes and Noble, Books a Million and other Amazon products on the topic and The Illustrated Guide to Home Forensic Science Exp. is just what I've been looking for. It is not typical public school curriculum which can get bogged down. It is straight-forward and teaches one the concepts in a Hands-On exploration. I am teaching Forensic Science through a STEM (Science, Tech, Engineering and Math) program that our organization started. It is a neat book which allows for different choices of lab experiments to choose from all Forensic Science topics. I love that we can obtain the materials from different sources, i.e. drugstores, supermarkets, etc. instead of buying the whole kit. This really saved our organization tons of money from buying ready-made kits that are sold online for each topic such as fingerprinting, hair analysis, etc. This book is just perfect in every way. The experiments are well-laid out with Review Questions to wrap up things. This is a perfect book for any educational organization such as homeschool groups, museums, theme parks with Science bent, etc. where Hands-On Science is key. We will be teaching Forensic Science to a couple of groups between the grades of 4th - 6th graders and 7th - 8th graders for 12 weeks with the accompanying reading, "Dead Men Do Tell Tales." For older students, I would also recommend The Great Courses' "Forensic Science" lecture DVDs. I wished that there was one for Oceanography and Genetics!!!
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