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The Scientific Method Applied to Forensic Science and a Criminal Investigation

Each step of the scientific method in relation to forensic science, providing examples of how each step is incorporated into the criminal investigation process:

· Observation and description of a phenomenon or a group of phenomena

· Formulation of a hypothesis or hypotheses to explain the phenomena

· Use of the hypothesis to predict the existence of other phenomena, or to quantitatively predict the results of new observations

· Performance of tests of predictions by several independent experimenters

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· Observation and description of a phenomenon or a group of phenomena

When criminal investigators arrive upon a crime scene, they must first observe what type of crime(s) has occurred and determine the description of how the crime happened. Therefore, detectives have to secure the scene, collect evidence pertinent to the crime, and observe any items or potential factors that are out of the ordinary and will necessitate further investigation.

· Formulation of a hypothesis or hypotheses to explain the phenomena

Detectives immediately formulate potential hypotheses for explaining crimes ...

Solution Summary

The applied forensic science and a criminal investigation is examined. A formulation of a hypothesis to explain the phenomena is determined.

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