Natural Sciences >> Integrative Biology

Time of Death

by Jacqueline King


Submitted : Fall 2013

The objective of this paper is to use Newton’s Law of Cooling to discover how long a body has been dead. To do so we will derive Newton’s Law and use the formula in a hypothetical scenario that mirrors what real life forensic scientists and medical examiners do. Using Newton’s Law we successfully found the time of death, but determined that the method used is only practical in certain situations for crime scene investigators.



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Advisors :
David Kephart, Mathematics and Statistics
David Hust, Applied Research Associates
Suggested By :
Jacqueline King