How is Math Used in Criminal Justice?
Real World Projects for Math & Criminal Justice
Math and criminal justice are entertwined in many ways. Traffic cops, balistics experts and crime scene investigators all us math on a daily basis during the course of their jobs. Students of criminal justice undertake real world projects to strengthen their understanding of math and criminal justice.
Statistics are used regularly by those who research the criminal justice field. Mathematical applications like mean, median and mode, as well as histograms and percentages are all used when figuring and presenting criminal justice information. The United States Bureau of Justice Statistics compiles reports of this information available for public viewing. Using actual statistics on the states with the highest rates of crime, student can perform a real world interpretation of the information and determine the safest place to live in the country. This interpretation is comprised of comparisons of each states higest percentage of murders, rapes, robberies and other violent crimes. http://www.wpi.edu/Academics/Depts/Math/CIMS/IMPHSS/Descriptions/crime.html
Cryptography is the study of numeric codes. Cyber crimes are those that are performed online and consist of many numeric codes. Criminals will use random 16 digit numbers to purchase items online via website application. Crypotgraphers use algebraic equations and binary number applications to set up complex codes to stop this crime. Real world experience is achieved in cryptography by converting binary number to decimals and vice versa.