Ballistics: Definition & Overview


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What is of primary concern for ballistics examiners when they are examining a crime scene?

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1. Which of the following facts can be established by a ballistics examiner at a crime scene involving firearms?

2. By examining the markings that are left on a bullet or shell casing, a ballistics examiner can determine _____.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This brief quiz and worksheet will assess your understanding of the science of ballistics. The quiz covers topics related to the role of ballistics in solving crimes.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In this assessment, you will be quizzed on the following:

  • Area of science that includes ballistics
  • The primary concern of ballistics examiners
  • Facts that can be determined by a ballistics examiner
  • What the markings on a bullet or shell casing can determine
  • Evidence that points to who discharged a firearm

Skills Practiced

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about ballistics
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information about what type of evidence points to the shooter and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the roles of ballistics examiners

Additional Learning

Discover more information about this topic with the lesson titled Ballistics: Definition & Overview. This lesson can give you insight into the following:

  • What exactly ballistics is
  • A list of determinations that can be made by ballistics examiners
  • Why studying damage suffered by a bullet is important