Where's the Algebra? Crime Scene Math

My car disappeared from my DC neighborhood this weekend, and unless it's been lost in some impound lot and in the city's records (not impossible), we're pretty sure it was stolen. And so I spent a lot of time surveying the scene of the crime, looking for broken glass or other clues as to what may have happened to my little Honda.

Given my state of mind, I was intrigued when I saw this article from the San Bernadino Press-Enterprise demonstrating another math-oriented career.

About 70 students from Victorville's Silverado and Victor Valley high schools tested their math skills Friday as the San Bernardino County Sheriff Department's Scientific Investigations Division hosted the teens at its East Third Street headquarters.

Craig Ogino, the department's crime lab director, started the event by offering a prize of $10 to the student who could use trigonometry to determine the number in gallons of a mixture used to make methamphetamine, based on his sketch.

A second $10 went to the first to figure out the diameter of a drop of blood in flight.

If a little math could bring back my car, I'd be very happy.

By Michael Alison Chandler  |  December 8, 2008; 9:00 AM ET  | Category:  Where's the Algebra?
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