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Using Math to Solve Crime :

Math is used at crime scenes for a variety of reasons. To tell the time of death, to measure how far a person was from the crime, to determine how many people were involved, and to see how a person was killed are only some of the ways that math is used at a crime scene. Math and science work together to solve even the most heinous crimes each day. People on crime scenes are trained to be analytical thinkers and problem solvers. They have to have proof before arresting anyone and so they will use various methods to find evidence and to piece together who committed the crimes.

Math is also used when examining evidence and piecing together what happened. Crime investigators will use many different instruments that will be able to give them a better idea of what happened and why. Sometimes gathering evidence is more than just finding evidence at the scene. Detective work can take a person to many different locations where more evidence may be found. Math can be used to determine how long it took a criminal to get from one place to another. This can make all the difference when trying to make an arrest. Crime scenes can be very complicated places. There may be evidenced in many different places. Sometimes criminals may flee the country and will have to be tracked down. Using math to determine when they left may help them find the guilty parties and bring them to justice which will solve the crime.

 

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