Students are often taught skills such as the scientific method, scientific research, critical thinking, making observations, analyzing facts, and drawing conclusions in isolation. Studying forensic science allows students to practice these skills and see theories put into practice by using circumstances that model real-life events. Many crimes, including robbery, arson, counterfeiting, computer fraud and murder are committed each day. Solving these crimes is no longer a matter of happenstance. Advances in science have allowed scientists to gather and analyze even the most minute piece of evidence. Completion of all parts of this unit as presented in this book will take a semester. This includes an optional mock trial and visits by a variety of guest speakers. By compacting and tailoring it to fit each unique learning situation, it could be taught in less time.