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Define forensic science.

Definition

Definition should explain that forensic science is the application of scientific principles and techniques as related to matters regarding the judicial system (particularly criminal justice) in the collection, examination, and analysis of physical evidence.

Biotechnological aspects include DNA testing, epidemiology, paternity testing, serology testing, and special applications in wildlife/species determination.

Process/Skill Questions

  • What is the purpose of forensic science?
  • What are the processes involved with identifying a person through DNA analysis?
  • When did the use of DNA analysis first begin in forensic science? How has it evolved over the years?
  • What is serology testing? How has it evolved over the years?
  • What role does DNA testing play in the determination of new species and wildlife forensics?
  • What resources offer information about forensic science in the criminal, medical, and biological fields?

Related Standards of Learning

English

10.3

The student will apply knowledge of word origins, derivations, and figurative language to extend vocabulary development in authentic texts.
  1. Use structural analysis of roots, affixes, synonyms, and antonyms, to understand complex words.
  2. Use context, structure, and connotations to determine meanings of words and phrases.
  3. Discriminate between connotative and denotative meanings and interpret the connotation.
  4. Explain the meaning of common idioms.
  5. Explain the meaning of literary and classical allusions and figurative language in text.
  6. Extend general and cross-curricular vocabulary through speaking, listening, reading, and writing.

11.3

The student will apply knowledge of word origins, derivations, and figurative language to extend vocabulary development in authentic texts.
  1. Use structural analysis of roots, affixes, synonyms, and antonyms to understand complex words.
  2. Use context, structure, and connotations to determine meanings of words and phrases.
  3. Discriminate between connotative and denotative meanings and interpret the connotation.
  4. Explain the meaning of common idioms.
  5. Explain the meaning of literary and classical allusions and figurative language in text.
  6. Extend general and cross-curricular vocabulary through speaking, listening, reading, and writing.

12.3

The student will apply knowledge of word origins, derivations, and figurative language to extend vocabulary development in authentic texts.
  1. Use structural analysis of roots, affixes, synonyms, and antonyms, to understand complex words.
  2. Use context, structure, and connotations to determine meanings of words and phrases.
  3. Discriminate between connotative and denotative meanings and interpret the connotation.
  4. Explain the meaning of common idioms, and literary and classical allusions in text.
  5. Extend general and cross-curricular vocabulary through speaking, listening, reading, and writing.