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Firearms, Tool Marks & Impression Evidence - Chapter Summary
This self-paced chapter offers all the learning tools you need to better understand tool marks, firearms and impression evidence. Review engaging lessons to study different types of forensic investigations and examinations as well as the NIBIN database. If you have questions about the lessons you explore, feel free to submit them to our experts via the Dashboard. Our multiple-choice quizzes and practice exam can check your comprehension of topics covered in this chapter. These resources are available 24/7 using any computer or mobile device. After completing this chapter, you will be able to:
- Define ballistics
- Describe procedures involved in a forensic firearm investigation
- Explain the methods and purpose of a forensic footwear examination
- Detail the purpose and methods of tool marks and tire marks forensic examinations
- Differentiate between different types of impression and pattern evidence
- Discuss the purpose of the NIBIN database
1. Ballistics: Definition & Overview
This lesson will review ballistics by defining the term and providing an overview of what ballistics consists of. The forensic nature of ballistics will also be discussed.
2. Forensic Firearm Investigation: Procedures & Results
Forensic firearm investigations are an important tool when investigating a crime. In this lesson, we'll look at how investigations are conducted. We'll talk about what rifling is, how bullets gain their own 'fingerprints' from being fired, and other forensic investigation tools.
3. Footwear Forensic Examination: Methods & Purpose
Forensic footwear examination is often used to help solve crimes. This lesson will look at the purpose of forensic footwear analysis and the methods used to examine footwear evidence. Alternative processes that help enhance prints will also be discussed.
4. Tool Marks Forensic Examination: Methods & Purpose
This lesson is going to go over some of the basics behind tool marks in forensics. You'll learn what tools criminals use, why we examine these tool marks, and the fundamentals of how they are examined.
5. Tire Marks Forensic Examination: Methods & Purpose
This lesson covers some of the fundamentals regarding tire mark forensic examination. You'll learn the very basics of the purposes, collection, and examination of tire impressions.
6. Impression & Pattern Evidence: Definition & Process
Impression evidence is crime scene evidence in the form of prints left on or in a surface by an object like a shoe or tire, and pattern evidence is when that impression forms a pattern. Learn about this type of evidence, its collection, and its analysis.
7. NIBIN Database: Definition & Purpose
In this lesson, we'll learn about the NIBIN database. You'll find out what it is, who or what created it, what it's used for, and how it's used. You'll also learn what information is submitted to it.
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Other chapters within the Criminal Justice 106: Forensic Science course
- Introduction to Forensic Science
- Physical Evidence & Crime Scene Reconstruction
- Conducting Death Investigations
- Trace Evidence in Hair & Fibers
- Fingerprint Analysis & Collection
- Types & Uses of Microscopes
- Drugs & Substances in Forensic Science
- Forensic Toxicology
- Forensic Serology
- Basics of DNA in Forensic Science
- Fire & Explosion Investigations
- Computer & Mobile Device Forensics
- Forensic Document Analysis