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  • Subject Area

    • Science: Life Science: Human Body
    • Science: Forensics: Fingerprint Analysis

  • Author

    Laverne Logan

  • Level


  • Activity Time

    45 Minutes

  • Device
    • TI-73 Explorer™
  • Other Materials
    Hand lenses - one for each pair of students; Scratch paper - ample supply; 8.5"x11" sheets of paper - 2 per student; #2 lead pencil; Cellophane tape - one for each pair of students
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Activity Overview

In this activity students will investigate their fingerprint patterns and arrangements. They will extend the investigation to collect similar data on at least three other family members.

Before the Activity

Be prepared to explain the basics of fingerprints, discuss history of fingerprints, and explain practical applications of this information.

During the Activity

Upon successful completion of this activity, students will be able to:

  • Differentiate between arch, loop, and whorl fingerprints
  • Lift, record, and identify prints from all ten digits
  • Infer patterns of fingerprints within families.
  • Utilize TI 73 to create and analyze categorical lists.