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5 Esential Tools for Reconstructing the Ballistic Trajectory of a Projectile
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Reconstructing a crime scene to gather solid evidence is all about having the right tools to identify, mark, photograph and measure the ballistic trajectory of a projectile within +/- 5 degrees of accuracy.

Here are five tools that are essential for every investigator as they conduct crime scene reconstruction (descriptions on website).
1. Bright String
2. Trajectory Rods
3. Protractors
4. Angle Measuring Tool
5. Lasers

Subject:
Science
Forensic Science
Material Type:
Reading
Textbook
Date Added:
02/04/2019
Algebra and Trigonometry
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Algebra and Trigonometry provides a comprehensive exploration of algebraic principles and meets scope and sequence requirements for a typical introductory algebra and trigonometry course. The modular approach and the richness of content ensures that the book meets the needs of a variety of courses. Algebra and Trigonometry offers a wealth of examples with detailed, conceptual explanations, building a strong foundation in the material before asking students to apply what they’ve learned.

Subject:
Math
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Rice University
Provider Set:
OpenStax College
Author:
David Lippman
Jay Abramson
Jean-Marie Magnier
Melonie Rasmussen
Nicholas Belloit
Rachael Gross
Rick Norwood
Valeree Falduto
Date Added:
01/29/2015
Anatomy and Physiology
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Anatomy and Physiology is a dynamic textbook for the two-semester human anatomy and physiology course for life science and allied health majors. The book is organized by body system and covers standard scope and sequence requirements. Its lucid text, strategically constructed art, career features, and links to external learning tools address the critical teaching and learning challenges in the course. The web-based version of Anatomy and Physiology also features links to surgical videos, histology, and interactive diagrams.

Subject:
Biology
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Rice University
Provider Set:
OpenStax College
Author:
Brandon Poe
Dean H. Kruse
Eddie Johnson
James A. Wise
J. Gordon Betts
Jody E. Johnson
Kelly A. Young
Mark Womble
Oksana Korol
Peter DeSaix
Date Added:
03/06/2013
Applied Finite Mathematics
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Applied Finite Mathematics covers topics including linear equations, matrices, linear programming, the mathematics of finance, sets and counting, probability, Markov chains, and game theory. Endorsed by CollegeOpenTextbooks.org.

Subject:
Economics
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Rice University
Provider Set:
Connexions
Author:
Rupinder Sekhon
Date Added:
10/02/2018
Bertino Forensics
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Since 2004, the Bertino Forensics Science Institute has become a leading forensics training programs for teachers in the United States attracting participants from over thirty states and as far away as Myanmar, Taipei and Russia. Our program includes our forensic textbook (Forensic Science: Fundamentals and Investigations), additional teaching resources and teacher education opportunities through workshops, conference presentations, seminars and Webinars. These provide educators with hands-on experiences that inspire and educate students in the principles of scientific inquiry, analysis and creative thinking.

Subject:
Science
Biology
Forensic Science
Material Type:
Lesson
Reading
Textbook
Date Added:
01/17/2019
Biology
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Biology is designed to cover the scope and sequence requirements of a typical two-semester biology course for science majors. The text provides comprehensive coverage of foundational research and core biology concepts through an evolutionary lens. Biology includes rich features that engage students in scientific inquiry, highlight careers in the biological sciences, and offer everyday applications. The book also includes clicker questions to help students understand—and apply—key concepts.

Subject:
Biology
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Rice University
Provider Set:
OpenStax College
Author:
Connie Rye
Jean DeSaix
Jung Choi
Robert Wise
Vladimir Jurukovski
Date Added:
08/22/2012
Brief Calculus
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This short text is designed more for self-study or review than for classroom use; full solutions are given for nearly all the end-of-chapter problems. For a more traditional text designed for classroom use, see Fundamentals of Calculus (http://www.lightandmatter.com/fund/). The focus is mainly on integration and differentiation of functions of a single variable, although iterated integrals are discussed. Infinitesimals are used when appropriate, and are treated more rigorously than in old books like Thompson's Calculus Made Easy, but in less detail than in Keisler's Elementary Calculus: An Approach Using Infinitesimals. Numerical examples are given using the open-source computer algebra system Yacas, and Yacas is also used sometimes to cut down on the drudgery of symbolic techniques such as partial fractions. Proofs are given for all important results, but are often relegated to the back of the book, and the emphasis is on teaching the techniques of calculus rather than on abstract results.

Subject:
Calculus
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
BCCampus
Provider Set:
BCCampus Open Textbooks
Author:
Benjamin Crowell
Date Added:
10/18/2014
Business Ethics
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Business Ethics is a derived copy from the Corporate Governance course. It takes an interdisciplinary approach to ethics in business and provides modules in Ethical Leadership, Ethical Decision-Making, Social Responsibility, and Corporate Governance to respond to AACSB accreditation requirements. Students will actively study ethical theory by carrying out exercises to help them build theory-based tools for encountering ethical problems in business practice. They will also work with cases in business ethics designed to give them practice in developing skills of ethical leadership, ethical decision-making, and carrying out socio-technical analyses to respond to issues of social responsibility. Business Ethics culminates in a peer reviewed Ethics Bowl competition in which students will practice ethics advocacy in a variety of moral ecologies in business. Business Ethics has been developed through the NSF-funded project, "Collaborative Development of Ethics Across the Curriculum Resources and Sharing of Best Practices," NSF SES 0551779.

Subject:
Arts Education
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Textbook
Provider:
Rice University
Provider Set:
Connexions
Author:
William Frey
Date Added:
10/02/2018
CK12-Foundation Flexbook Unit - Grade 6 Science: Diversity and Living Things
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CK-12 Life Science for Middle School FlexBook® covers core life science concepts and includes real world examples, videos, and PLIX (which stands for Play, Learn, Interact, and eXplore—offers learners an interactive and immersive experience exploring concepts).
ck12.org

This is an extremely comprehensive unit on Diversity and Living Things. Some of the chapters are not aligned directly with grade 6 outcomes, but have the potential to be used for enrichment activities. In addition to what is listed above, this resource also includes online practice quizzes for students. Teachers can download printable versions of the quizzes, along with an answer key.
*You will have to sign up to ck12.org to access everything, but it is completely free!

Subject:
Biology
Environmental Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Assessment
Diagram/Illustration
Lesson
Module
Reading
Textbook
Unit of Study
Author:
ck12.org
Date Added:
10/18/2022
CSI in Your Classroom: Learning Ballistics and Physics from FBI Secret Agents
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Aspiring secret agents will soon be able to get a head start on their training.
London-based startup Forensic Outreach has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $150,000 for “CASE Academy: The School for CSIs and Special Agents.” With successful fundraising, the site will offer forensic-focused courses for students in grades 6-12, covering material from crime scene investigation to ballistics and criminal psychology, with lectures developed and presented by forensic pathology experts and former FBI agents. The site is slated for release in February 2016.
“We all have a morbid fascination with crime scenes,” Kimberlee Sue Moran, founder of Forensic Outreach, told EdSurge. “It ties into basic human nature: We like puzzles, we like to figure things out. This is an imaginative way to teach the basic fundamentals of science.”
“We can teach physics by looking at the trajectory of a bullet, or anatomy and human physiology through forensic pathology.”
CASE Academy plans to offer resources beyond online lectures. According to Shivani Lamba, the program’s director, the site will also offer lesson plans, classroom activities, quizzes, online certificates and virtual simulations of an autopsy room or trace laboratory.
“Security science and forensics are glamorized in popular media, and can serve as an excellent conduit to inspire students to pursue STEM careers,” explained Lamba. As she sees it, CASE Academy can make science units exciting by relating them to pop culture, like CSI or Serial. (Forensic Outreach served as a consultant on the eleventh episode of the podcast phenomenon this fall.) She explains, “We can teach physics by looking at the trajectory of a bullet, or anatomy and human physiology through forensic pathology.”

The lessons aren’t make-believe or roleplay; Forensic Science has enlisted educators with unusual backgrounds. Dr. William Tobin, former FBI special agent and Chief FBI Forensic Metallurgist, will contribute to several units involving metallurgy. Tobin served as an FBI agent under J. Edgar Hoover, the first director of the FBI, in the 1970s, after serving as a combat platoon commander in the US Marine Corps and working as a nuclear research metallurgist.
As Tobin sees it, educating young people about forensics isn’t just a way to get them interested in science--it’s also essential for developing informed citizens.
“Educating younger adults reduces the difficulty of turning around a battleship in a bathtub,” Tobin told EdSurge. “Forensic practices have been imbued with false beliefs and fallacies for over a hundred years--the longer false beliefs and fallacies are held, the more difficult it is to correct them.” Tobin hopes that CASE Academy will help correct the general public's misconceptions about forensic science, like theories of how to identify arson from a fire, often learned from TV shows and popular culture. As he envisions it, engaging modules about forensic science could lead to educated students who become “a more informed judiciary and juries,” reducing “risks of forensic error, poor judicial rulings and wrongful convictions.”
Thomas Mauriello, former special agent and Chief of Polygraph at the US Department of Defense, agrees. Mauriello, who teaches a Crime Laboratory course at the University of Maryland and posts a show about forensics online, will contribute to CASE Academy’s modules about polygraphs and crime scene investigation. He sees the site as having the potential to take advantage of the fascination sparked by shows like CSI and Law & Order, while also educating the viewer.

Subject:
Science
Forensic Science
Material Type:
Textbook
Date Added:
02/04/2019
Calculus Volume 1
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Calculus is designed for the typical two- or three-semester general calculus course, incorporating innovative features to enhance student learning. The book guides students through the core concepts of calculus and helps them understand how those concepts apply to their lives and the world around them. Due to the comprehensive nature of the material, we are offering the book in three volumes for flexibility and efficiency. Volume 1 covers functions, limits, derivatives, and integration

Subject:
Calculus
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Rice University
Provider Set:
OpenStax College
Author:
Alfred K. Mulzet
Catherine Abbott
David McCune
David Smith
David Torain
Edwin “Jed” Herman
Elaine A. Terry
Erica M. Rutter
Gilbert Strang
Joseph Lakey
Joyati Debnath
Julie Levandosky
Kirsten R. Messer
Michelle Merriweather
Nicoleta Virginia Bila
Sheri J. Boyd
Valeree Falduto
William Radulovich
Date Added:
02/01/2016
Calculus Volume 2
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Calculus is designed for the typical two- or three-semester general calculus course, incorporating innovative features to enhance student learning. The book guides students through the core concepts of calculus and helps them understand how those concepts apply to their lives and the world around them. Due to the comprehensive nature of the material, we are offering the book in three volumes for flexibility and efficiency. Volume 2 covers integration, differential equations, sequences and series, and parametric equations and polar coordinates.

Subject:
Calculus
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Rice University
Provider Set:
OpenStax College
Author:
Alfred K. Mulzet
Catherine Abbott
David McCune
David Smith
David Torain
Edwin “Jed” Herman
Elaine A. Terry
Erica M. Rutter
Gilbert Strang
Joseph Lakey
Joyati Debnath
Julie Levandosky
Kirsten R. Messer
Michelle Merriweather
Nicoleta Virginia Bila
Sheri J. Boyd
Valeree Falduto
William Radulovich
Date Added:
02/01/2016
Calculus Volume 3
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Calculus is designed for the typical two- or three-semester general calculus course, incorporating innovative features to enhance student learning. The book guides students through the core concepts of calculus and helps them understand how those concepts apply to their lives and the world around them. Due to the comprehensive nature of the material, we are offering the book in three volumes for flexibility and efficiency. Volume 3 covers parametric equations and polar coordinates, vectors, functions of several variables, multiple integration, and second-order differential equations.

Subject:
Calculus
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Rice University
Provider Set:
OpenStax College
Author:
Alfred K. Mulzet
Catherine Abbott
David McCune
David Smith
David Torain
Edwin “Jed” Herman
Elaine A. Terry
Erica M. Rutter
Gilbert Strang
Joseph Lakey
Joyati Debnath
Julie Levandosky
Kirsten R. Messer
Michelle Merriweather
Nicoleta Virginia Bila
Sheri J. Boyd
Valeree Falduto
William Radulovich
Date Added:
02/01/2016
Career Profile and Job Information
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The term "criminal profiler" likely conjures images of popular characters such as Hannibal Lecter of The Silence of the Lambs or Dr. Samantha Waters from The Profiler. While television and movies have raised awareness of criminal profiling as a profession, as with most careers, it's important to separate fact from fiction to get a better picture of what a job as a criminal profiler is about really.

The idea of a brilliant but deranged psychiatrist and murderer who spends his time in prison assisting rookie FBI agents on major cases is intriguing, but reality TV it's not. Nonetheless, a career as a criminal profiler can be a tremendously fascinating and intellectually stimulating pursuit.

The title "criminal profiler" is used to describe investigators who specialize in inductive and deductive reasoning to build a profile of particular criminal based on characteristics of the crime committed. Most profilers are law enforcement investigators with several years of experience investigating violent crimes and who have training and degrees in ​forensic science and psychology.​​

Also included is information on:
-Roles of a Criminal Profilers
-Requirements to Become a Criminal Profiler
-Criminal Profilers Salary
-Is a Career As a Criminal Profiler Right for You?

Subject:
Science
Forensic Science
Material Type:
Textbook
Author:
Timothy Roufa
Date Added:
01/22/2019
Chemistry
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Chemistry is designed to meet the scope and sequence requirements of the two-semester general chemistry course. The textbook provides an important opportunity for students to learn the core concepts of chemistry and understand how those concepts apply to their lives and the world around them. The book also includes a number of innovative features, including interactive exercises and real-world applications, designed to enhance student learning.

Subject:
Chemistry
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Rice University
Provider Set:
OpenStax College
Author:
Allison Soult
Andrew Eklund
Carol Martinez
Don Carpenetti
Don Frantz
Emad El-Giar
George Kaminski
Jason Powell
Jennifer Look
Klaus Theopold
Mark Blaser
Paul Flowers
Paul Hooker
Richard Langley
Simon Bott
Tom Sorensen
Troy Milliken
Vicki Moravec
William R. Robinson
Date Added:
10/02/2014
Chemistry: Atoms First
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Chemistry: Atoms First is a peer-reviewed, openly licensed introductory textbook produced through a collaborative publishing partnership between OpenStax and the University of Connecticut and UConn Undergraduate Student Government Association.

This title is an adaptation of the OpenStax Chemistry text and covers scope and sequence requirements of the two-semester general chemistry course. Reordered to fit an atoms first approach, this title introduces atomic and molecular structure much earlier than the traditional approach, delaying the introduction of more abstract material so students have time to acclimate to the study of chemistry. Chemistry: Atoms First also provides a basis for understanding the application of quantitative principles to the chemistry that underlies the entire course.

Subject:
Chemistry
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Rice University
Provider Set:
OpenStax College
Author:
Allison Soult
Andrew Eklund
Carol Martinez
Donald Carpenetti
Don Frantz
Edward J. Neth
Emad El-Giar
George Kaminski
Jason Powell
Jennifer Look
Klaus Theopold
Mark Blaser
Paul Flowers
Paul Hooker
Richard Langley
Simon Bott
Thomas Sorenson
Troy Milliken
Vicki Moravec
William R. Robinson
Date Added:
10/02/2014
College Algebra
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College Algebra provides a comprehensive exploration of algebraic principles and meets scope and sequence requirements for a typical introductory algebra course. The modular approach and richness of content ensure that the book meets the needs of a variety of courses. College Algebra offers a wealth of examples with detailed, conceptual explanations, building a strong foundation in the material before asking students to apply what they’ve learned.

Subject:
Math
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Rice University
Provider Set:
OpenStax College
Author:
David Lippman
Jay Abramson
Jean-Marie Magnier
Melonie Rasmussen
Nicholas Belloit
Rachael Gross
Rick Norwood
Valeree Falduto
Date Added:
01/29/2015
College Physics
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This introductory, algebra-based, two-semester college physics book is grounded with real-world examples, illustrations, and explanations to help students grasp key, fundamental physics concepts. This online, fully editable and customizable title includes learning objectives, concept questions, links to labs and simulations, and ample practice opportunities to solve traditional physics application problems.

Subject:
Physics
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Rice University
Provider Set:
OpenStax College
Author:
Kim Dirks
Manjula Sharma
Paul Peter Urone
Roger Hinrichs
Date Added:
01/23/2012
College Physics for AP Courses
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College Physics for AP Courses is designed to engage students in their exploration of physics and help them to relate what they learn in the classroom to their lives and to apply these concepts to the Advanced Placement test. Physics underlies much of what is happening today in other sciences and in technology, therefore the book includes interesting facts and ideas that go beyond the scope of the AP course to further student understanding. The AP Connection in each chapter directs students to the material they should focus on for the AP® exam, and what content — although interesting — is not necessarily part of the AP curriculum.

Subject:
Physics
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Rice University
Provider Set:
OpenStax College
Author:
David Anderson
Douglas Ingram
Gregg Wolfe
Irna Lyublinskaya
John Stoke
Julie Kretchman
Liza Pujji
Nathan Czuba
Sudhi Oberoi
Date Added:
04/29/2015
Common Sense Economics Part 1: Twelve Key Elements of Economics- Study Guide
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The Institute for Humane Studies has partnered with the authors of the textbook Common Sense Economics: What Everyone Should Know about Wealth Creation and Prosperity to help teach students why economic understanding is essential for life in today's society. With videos and quiz question corresponding to each element, this collection can be used as a study guide for "Part 1: Twelve Key Elements of Economics".

Subject:
Economics
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Institute for Humane Studies
Provider Set:
OpenStax CNX
Date Added:
10/02/2018