4th Quarter Tests and the Final Exam Schedule

Each of my classes will have their last exam for the 4th quarter on the following day…

Period B Forensics – Tuesday, 5/13

Period C Neuroscience – Tuesday, 5/13

Period D Genetics & Epidemiology – Tuesday, 5/13

Period E Forensics – Wednesday, 5/14

Period G Anatomy – Wednesday, 5/14

Period H Anatomy – Wednesday, 5/14

This test is in addition to any other projects that are due.

Remember that all students will take the final exam together with the seniors during the week of 5/19.  The final exam schedule for the week of 5/19 is as follows:

Senior Exam Schedule:

D & A Exams on Monday, May 19th: Block D (7:49 am – 9:09 am) & Block A (9:13 am – 10:33 am)….The day’s schedule will be D, A, C, B

H & E Exams on Tuesday, May 20th: Block H (7:49 am – 9:09 am) & Block E (9:13 am – 10:33 am)….The day’s schedule will be H, E, G, F

C & B Exams on Wednesday, May 21st: Block C (7:49 am – 9:09 am) & Block B (9:13 am – 10:33 am)….The day’s schedule will be C, B, A, D

       – All Teachers and Students will keep the same lunch schedule…”A Block” just           replaces your “C Block” class during this time (lunch).

       – “A Block” study hall, which meets down in the cafeteria, will be relocated.

G & F Exams on Thursday, May 22nd: Block G (7:49 am – 9:09 am) & Block F (9:13 am – 10:33 am)…The day’s schedule will be G, F, E, H

       – All Teachers and Students will keep the same lunch schedule…”E Block” just          replaces your “G Block” class during this time (lunch).

       – “E Block” study hall, which meets down in the cafeteria, will be relocated.

Tuesday, May 27th: Makeups

Students will simply report to class at its scheduled time that day and take the final instead of having normal class.

Money Money Money

Individually, you should complete the correct answers to the Money Facts sheet.

As a group, you should recreate the ‘new’ $100 bill that the US government recently released.  You must follow the rules and use the paper I gave you in class.

You should label the bill with letters or numbers and create a key. These labels should point out the security and ‘additional’ features of the bill that are used to prevent counterfeiting.  You should have approximately 10-15 ‘features’ noted on the bill.

On the paper with the key, you must also explain how the ‘money pen’ that store clerks use to check for counterfeit money works. What it looks like if the paper is real or counterfeit and why it looks that way.

You can find links to resources here: http://www.docfleetwood.net/wiki/tiki-index.php?page=Counterfeiting

Due:  Thursday, 5/8/14 (period E) or Friday, 5/9/14 (period B)  at the beginning of class

Firearms and Ballistics

Firearms Identification

Go to www.firearmsid.com. On the left side under ‘classroom’ click on student login. Use the log-in key I told you in class and type in your full name. Click accept. In the classroom area you (each individual) must complete the following tasks:

1. Complete the Cartridge Case ID-VCM (Test 1).  You must score a 75% or better. **
2. Complete the Firearm Identification quiz (50 questions) located here.  You must score an 80% or better.**  Use your real name on the page.  When you score an 80% or better, print the results page as proof and bring it to class to show me.
3. Complete the Bullet ID-VCM (Test 1).  You must score a 75% or better.**
4. Answer the questions below.

** – if you do not obtain the above scores you will receive a zero.  You may take the quiz/VCM more than once until you obtain the necessary score. This is an all or nothing assignment.

To answer the following questions you should read the information on the site. If you click on the Bullet ID-VCM link and the Cartridge Case ID-VCM link the resultant pages list several links to find the necessary information.

1. What does GRC stand for?
2. Give an example of a typical GRC.
3. Do firearms change much over time? Will the 300th bullet have the same marks as the 3rd bullet?
4. What two characteristics do they obtain from a bullet fired from a firearm?
5. What marks do they obtain from a cartridge or cartridge casing?
6. What is meant by a bullets caliber?
7. What is a cartridge?
8. Do all bullets fit in all cartridges?
9. Give 2 examples of named cartridges.
10. What is the difference between your two examples? (advantage/disadvantage of one over the other)
11. What is a rifling impression? What causes it?
12. Why does a barrel have rifling?
13. What are the raised areas between grooves called?
14. If you have a rifling pattern of 6 grooves, how many lands do you have?
15. Why would a firearm examiner use a water tank and how big is a typical tank?
16. What is a comparison microscope?
17. Where on the bullet are the best marks typically seen?
18. What is typically the biggest problem with making an identification of an evidence bullet?
19. What causes Impression Action Marks?
20. Describe what causes each of the 3 impression marks. Which is the most common?
21. Checkout the bullet through gelatin picture from my forensics page. What causes the funnel shape behind the bullet?

Due:  Tuesday, 2/18/14 (at start of class)

Surveillance – Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

For this assignment, you will research surveillance technologies and discuss where you think surveillance is headed in the future.  You will work in a small group, but in the end, each individual is responsible for knowing the material!

To complete this assignment, you should follow these directions:

  1. Open a second browser tab and sign-in to your Google account
  2. Go to the following Google Document and follow the directions in that document
    1. Surveillance – Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

Due: Thursday 11/7/13 (E), Sunday 11/10/13 (B) – each by 11:59:59 pm



Forensics Test

There will be a test on Friday, 10/25/13.  The test will mainly cover the various people involved in a crime investigation (911, police, coroner, etc…), the crimes discussed in class (murder, robbery, arson, etc…) and general information from the class presentations on historic crimes/criminals.

Historic Crime 2013

As a group you will…

1. Research an historical crime – no two groups in a class can choose the same crime. You will find a helpful link to true crime stories on my forensics page.

2. Type a one page paper that summarizes the crime/criminal and discusses the forensic evidence that led to their capture. If they were never captured discuss what evidence was missing or what technologies we were lacking that would have caught them today.

3. You will give a class presentation that will be 5-10 minutes (no shorter, no longer) You may use a posterboard, powerpoint presentation, skit, or whatever other method you wish to give the presentation.

  • Everyone must participate and demonstrate sufficient knowledge of the material or the whole group grade will suffer – so practice and quiz each other before you present

You will receive a grade for both the paper and the presentation.


Forensic Job Listing

As a group you will research job listings for your assigned job title as well as find two more job listings for any 2 ’specialist’ we talked about in class and any 1 other job listing you find interesting. For each you will write down the educations requirements, other qualifications, salary and any other pertinent or interesting information. The assigned people are:

911 dispatcher
police officer
coroner/medical examiner

plus any two other specialists or forensic positions not listed above. (DA, detective, anything else you find)

For the specialists, try to find a ‘forensic’ version (forensic anthropologist).  If you can not then just use a ‘regular’ version.  Lastly, find one other related job that you may have come across during your research.  In the end you should have a total of 4 job listings.

Due: Wednesday, 9/18/13

Miranda Rights and Cost of Living

  1. In your notebook, write down the Miranda rights and describe how these rights arose.
  2. Speak to your parents to determine what your family pays for various bills – food, utilities etc…  Try to include everything that you spend money on.  You don’t need exact numbers but a rough estimate for each on a monthly basis.  I will not collect this but we will try to arrive at a class average using your data.