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

New and Updated Case Studies. Five new case studies appear in this edition. Also the Chapter 14 case study has been updated, this study shows the continuing use of chemistry in tracking down information about the attacks of September 11, 2001—even ten years later.
  • Chapter 1, “Planted Evidence”: A murder in the cornfi elds of Illinois is solved by means of an unusual witness.
  • Chapter 3, “The Isotope Itinerary”: When a dismembered corpse turns up in a canal in Dublin, isotopes are used to follow the victim’s travels while still alive.
  • Chapter 8, “Administering Murder”: The gruesome trail of murders committed by a nurse is traced by means of drug screenings and knowledge of organic chemistry.
  • Chapter 10, “Tracing Explosives”: Getting to the gate in an airport takes more time now, after several bombings of passenger aircraft, including Richard Reid’s thwarted attempt. This case explores the chemistry of airline security.
  • Chapter 11, “The Casey Anthony Trial”: Chemical kinetics and insects provide the forensic science for a better understanding of what really happened in the case that caused a media frenzy and a flurry of speculation in the summer of 2011.
  • Chapter 14, “Remembering 9-11”: DNA has helped to resolve lingering issues of the September 11, 2001, attacks.
Each chapter has been revised by refining coverage, reworking figures and photos to be more information-rich, and replacing various questions within the end-of-chapter problem sets. Leading to more case study problems and more forensic chemistry problems. 
Updated art.  A significant amount of the new art in Investigating Chemistry, Third Edition, is aimed directly at showing students how physical and chemical changes happen over a period of time. The scale of the artwork has been increased, striving for a realistic three-dimensional representation that includes motion and detailed explanations to guide the students through the images.
Updated problems.  While the existing problems are strong, we have added new problems reflecting the updated coverage, the new case studies and the continual evolution of teaching.