Chromatography in Forensic Science


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Which type of chromatography can you do at home with minimal materials?

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1. Substance A moved 3 centimeters. Your mobile phase moved 9 centimeters. What is your Rf?

2. In thin-layer chromatography, components of your mixture will move farther if they are _____.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Chromatography is used in the field of forensic science to help solve crimes, and this quiz/worksheet will help you test your understanding of it. You'll be assessed on your knowledge of the type of chromatography that can be done at home and an example of how to calculate Rf.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on your understanding of:

  • Example of how to calculate the Rf
  • Solvent in chromatography
  • Type of chromatography that can be done at home
  • Stationary phase in paper chromatography
  • What happens to components of mixture in thin-layer chromatography

Skills Practiced

  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding chromatography
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer a question about the solvent in chromatography
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about the stationary phase in paper chromatography

Additional Learning

To increase your knowledge of chromatography, review the accompanying lesson titled Chromatography in Forensic Science. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Review how chromatography can help solve crimes
  • Learn about the mobile phase in thin-layer chromatography
  • Explore what the retention factor is and how to calculate it
  • Review different types of chromatography