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Xavier Becerra ~ Attorney General

Analysis of Explosives

Analysis of Explosives

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Class Description 

This one-week (40 hour) course will provide students with a basic understanding of the chemistry and effects of common low explosives and pyrotechnics found in criminal cases. Students will be taught an analytical scheme to detect and identify traces of these explosives and their reaction products in post-explosion debris. Laboratory exercises will emphasize microscopic techniques. This course is intended for criminalists and forensic scientists employed in law enforcement agencies who have responsibility for the analysis of suspected explosive materials or related debris. Each class is limited to 15 students.

Instructor A Certified Instructor.
Teaching Methods
Lectures, demonstrations, and practical laboratory exercises.
Students will be required to complete a series of practical exercises involving known and unknown explosives and their residues to the satisfaction of the instructors and to pass a written test.
Basic understanding of inorganic chemistry and common instrumental methods of analysis. Proficiency with polarized light microscopy.
Pre-course reading material may be offered.
Materials Fee
Tuition $
Course Contact
Neda Khoshkebari, (916) 695-1808, (916) 695-1800

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