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Forensic Detectives: Chemistry at Work NAME:_______________________

INTRODUCTION /JAPANESE HYDROGEN BALLOONS


1. Which elements on the periodic table explode in water?

2. Which element was used in war to form acid in the eyes?

3. List two ways chemistry provide evidence that the balloons were coming from Japan.

4. What effect did the sun have on the air in the balloon? Why didnt it pop?

5. What happened to the balloon at night, and how did the Japanese remedy this?

6. What happened when all the sand bags were released?

7. What propelled the balloons from Japan to the US?

8. What two components of the sand were absent, thus giving clues to the location of where the balloons were being
launched?

ARSON DOGS
9. Dylan the dog was used to detect gasoline, which is an ____________________.

10. Why did Bill take Dylan outside to check out the crowd?

11. What did the mass spectrometer indicate?

12. A dogs sense of smell is _________________times greater than that of humans.

13. Briefly explain the test that was performed to indicate which chemicals the dogs were most sensitive.

FIREWORKS
14. What are stars in fireworks?

15. What powdered metal is used as a fuel in the stars?

16. Name any one of the three elements that produces different colors when the explosion occurs.

17. What is an exothermic reaction?

18. Why do fireworks have two fuses?

19. What country experimented with fireworks in the 11th century?

CARBON
20. How do scientists determine the most likely places to drill for oil?

21. __________________are pure carbon with other impurities, and have very strong bonds.

22. __________________is a form of carbon in which the layers are flat and the intermolecular forces are weak between
the layers.
23. Name two uses for #22.

24. The carbon __________________ are too small to be seen with the naked eye, and its structure is likened to rolled up
graphite.

25. Name 2 ways #22 may be used in the future.


Forensic Detectives part II Name:__________________________
ARSON DOGS
9. Dylan the dog was used to detect gasoline, which is an ____________________.

10. Why did Bill take Dylan outside to check out the crowd?

11. What did the mass spectrometer indicate?

12. A dogs sense of smell is _________________times greater than that of humans.

13. Briefly explain the test that was performed to indicate which chemicals the dogs were most
sensitive.

FIREWORKS
14. What are stars in fireworks?

15. What powdered metal is used as a fuel in the stars?

16. Name any one of the three elements that produces different colors when the explosion
occurs.

17. What is an exothermic reaction?

18. Why do fireworks have two fuses?

19. What country experimented with fireworks in the 11th century?

CARBON
20. How do scientists determine the most likely places to drill for oil?

21. __________________are pure carbon with other impurities, and have very strong bonds.

22. __________________is form of carbon in which the layers are flat and the intermolecular
forces are weak between the layers.
23. Name two uses for #22.

24. The carbon __________________ are too small to be seen with the naked eye, and its
structure is likened to rolled up graphite.

25. Name 2 ways #22 may be used in the future.


Forensic Detectives part II Name:__________________________
ARSON DOGS
9. Dylan the dog was used to detect gasoline, which is an ____________________.

10. Why did Bill take Dylan outside to check out the crowd?

11. What did the mass spectrometer indicate?

12. A dogs sense of smell is _________________times greater than that of humans.

13. Briefly explain the test that was performed to indicate which chemicals the dogs were most
sensitive.

FIREWORKS
14. What are stars in fireworks?

15. What powdered metal is used as a fuel in the stars?

16. Name any one of the three elements that produces different colors when the explosion
occurs.

17. What is an exothermic reaction?

18. Why do fireworks have two fuses?

19. What country experimented with fireworks in the 11th century?

CARBON
20. How do scientists determine the most likely places to drill for oil?

21. __________________are pure carbon with other impurities, and have very strong bonds.

22. __________________is a form of carbon in which the layers are flat and the
intermolecular forces are weak between the layers.
23. Name two uses for #22.

24. The carbon __________________ are too small to be seen with the naked eye, and its
structure is likened to rolled up graphite.

25. Name 2 ways #22 may be used in the future.