Once the fingerprints are taken
and labeled, forensic scientists use a classification system to identify
them. The three basic fingerprint patterns are Whorl, Arch, and Loop.
There are more complex classification systems that further break down
the pattern to plain arches or tented arches. Loops may be radial or ulnar.
Whorls also have smaller classifications.
your fingerprints with a magnifying glass and classify them. Then create a database of the
in your class and compare them. Use the words below for your fields.
Download Microsoft Excel template.
at your prints through a microscope
Go to this Website for help with your classification
A Lesson in Classification
or purchase a book about fingerprinting.
Fingerprinting Teacher's Guide