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Fire & Explosion Investigations - Chapter Summary
This self-paced chapter is filled with engaging lessons you can study to boost your knowledge of fire and explosion investigations. Our instructors can help you gain greater insight into topics like arson, heat transfer and explosive site investigations. The lessons in this chapter are accessible 24/7 and can be viewed using any smartphone, tablet or computer. Paired with the lessons are short quizzes designed to gauge your knowledge of their contents. Our practice exam offers a comprehensive review of fire and explosion investigations. Once you've completed this chapter, you will be able to:
- Describe conduction, convection and other mechanisms of heat transfer
- Define arson and discuss types and reasons people commit this crime
- Explain the roles and techniques of an arson investigation
- List and describe signs of accelerant-initiated fires
- Identify four types of explosives and discuss analysis techniques used at explosive sites
1. Mechanisms of Heat Transfer: Conduction, Convection & Radiation
There are three main ways that heat is transferred between substances or objects. In this video lesson you'll learn about each one, and identify the differences between them.
2. Arson: Definition, Motivation & Types
'Burning Down the House': A famous song and also a form of arson. This lesson defines arson and then explores the major types and motivations behind arson.
3. Arson Investigation: Roles & Techniques
In this lesson, the reader will learn about arson investigations. The role of the arson investigator will be discussed as well as the different techniques used to investigate arson, such as collecting physical evidence and procedures used in a laboratory.
4. Signs of Accelerant-Initiated Fires
This lesson discusses the signs of an accelerant-initiated fire. Arson investigators look for different signs to determine if an accelerant has been used in fires, which in turn helps determine if the fire was accidental or deliberately set.
5. Explosives: Types & Analysis Techniques
In this lesson, we'll discuss several different types of explosives. You'll have the opportunity to explore different explosive analysis techniques and examples of the various types of explosives.
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