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A Calculated Bang

This directed case study provides an opportunity to apply stoichiometry to combustion reactions of commonly used explosive materials. Initially, st ...


A Classic Case of Serial Murder

In this case study, a newly appointed medical examiner uncovers an unusual trend in drowning cases, which she suspects may be the work of a serial ...


Accidental Drowning or Foul Play?

This case was developed for use in the first semester of a sophomore organic chemistry laboratory to illustrate how a combination of techniques is ...


As Light Meets Matter

In this dilemma case, the central character, a museum curator, must decide whether or not to show a painting as a hitherto “undiscovered&rdqu ...


Burning Down the House

In this lab-based case, arson investigator “Marie Stanforth” comes under suspicion when her ex-husband dies in a fire. Students assume ...


Deflategate: A Real Application of the Ideal Gas Law

This case study involves analysis of data collected as part of the National Football League's investigation into the New England Patriots allegedly ...


Disaster at the Daisys’

This directed case study was written to help students understand both organic and inorganic analysis of forensic evidence. It tells the story of a ...


Filthy Lucre

"Tom Brown" is arrested at the airport on his way home for winter break and charged with possession of cocaine when a drug sniffing dog detects tra ...


Is It a Meteorite?

In this interrupted case study, two friends find unanalyzed mass spectra of a green rock suspected to be a meteorite. Students are tasked with iden ...


PCBs in the Last Frontier

This interrupted case study is based on current research involving the global transport of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). Students are asked to ...


The Van Deemter Equation

Developed for an upper-level undergraduate instrumental analysis course, this case actively engages students in an understanding of the abstract, o ...


Yvette's Brave Battle

This case is based on the true story of a woman with choriocarcinoma, a rare type of rapidly dividing and metastatic cancer derived from cells of t ...