Forensic scientist skills – ballistics!

Forensic scientist skills and understanding of ballistics.

Forensic scientist ballistics
Image: Bullets and images
Creative Commons BY SA.

Content Authors:

Dr Mark Fowler


College, University, Specialist

OER Features:

A set of 18 photographs showing a series of fired and unfired bullets. Click through to Flickr to download them and REUSE them!

Forensic scientist training photographs

OER Description:

An important area that the forensic scientist needs to learn about and understand, and that undergraduate students on forensic science degrees will study is ballistics. This is the understanding of firearms and types of bullets that may well have been used at the scene of a crime, and the understanding of the trajectories of bullets to provide further clues and information.

An important step in finding the perpetrator of a gunshot crime will be identifying the weapon, and even if the weapon is not still at the scene of the crime, much information can be gained from the bullets which will provide valuable evidence. The bullets themselves will leave burn marks and traces of substances on the individual firing the machine. If the gun has any indentations of features, this will be transferred onto the bullet, so the bullet can lead the forensic scientist and crime team to a particular fire arm.

This open educational resource simply comprises of a series of photographs of different fired and unfired bullets. These are free to use and reuse in your own teaching or learning context – so feel free to package them up into other educational resources if you are a tutor, lecturer or professor. If you are a student studying to be a forensic scientist you are welcome to use these images as part of a coursework assignment.

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