Powder Analysis - Forensic Science for Kids
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Powder Analysis – Forensic Science for Kids

Powder Test is a fun forensic science experiment where a kind of powder was found at the crime scene. This one test would give us further links. We have to conduct a powder analysis to find what it was that was found at the crime scene. This is necessary to deduce the crime.

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Safety First! 
Adult Supervision Required. Wear safety goggles where ever required


Materials and tools required for the Experiment

Material required

Materials from your Kitchen / Home

  • Food Color
  • Pipette
  • Spoons
  • Plastic Cups : 3
  • Salt
  • Sugar
  • Water

Youtube Video for the Experiment

Images & Step by Step for Instructions for Experiment

Powder test 1

Step 1: Take a little powder from each sample and place it on the slide.

Step 2: Take a magnifying glass and check if it looks like crystals or not

Powder test 2

Step 3: Add some of the sample to water and  stir it.

Powder test 3

Step 4: Now, Add some sample into a bowl of vinegar  and observe the reaction.

Powder test 4

Step 5: Take a little sample out of the container and feel the texture.

Powder test 5

Step 6: Place some of the sample on the slide and figure out if there is any smell.

Powder test 6

Step 7: Record all the data on the recording sheet.

Powder Analysis :

In this experiment, you conduct various tests on the powder that was found from the crime scene.

The various tests are:

Appearance: Examine what each powder looks like. How would you describe the powder’s shape (crystalline/amorphous)? For e.g. Sugar is crystalline.

Texture: Examine the powders further by rubbing each powder between your fingers. For e.g. Flour is smooth.

Smell: Determine if there is a smell to any of the powders. For e.g. Talc has a particular smell.

Water solubility test: Dissolve some of the white powder in water and observe its solubility. For e.g.  Salt Dissolves in water.

Reaction with Vinegar: Dissolve some of the white powder in Vinegar and observe its solubility. For e.g. Baking soda reacts with vinegar.

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