Investigating Biology through Inquiry

Investigating Biology through Inquiry

Investigating Biology through Inquiry


Investigating Biology through Inquiry will help you integrate inquiry into your existing biology curriculum, whether you teach high school, AP Biology, IB Biology, or at the college level. This lab book provides many possible researchable questions for your students to investigate.

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Investigating Biology through Inquiry contains investigations for many fundamental concepts in biology. Each investigation includes a preliminary activity, instructor information, sample researchable questions, and sample data. Additionally, the investigations are correlated to AP* and IB** standards. Topics covered include:

  • Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Organismal Biology
  • Ecology
  • Evolution

If you are new to inquiry-based instruction, the extensive Instructor Information sections that accompany each investigation will help guide you through the inquiry-based style of biology instruction. This book will help you integrate the recommendations of the AAAS “Vision and Change in Biology Undergraduate Education” initiative in your college course.


Teacher Reviews

Praise for Analysis of Enzymes using Tyrosinase from Investigating Biology through Inquiry:

“After a literature search, many wanted to investigate the action of tyrosinase from other sources and compare it to the potatoes, so they did extractions from apples, pears, bananas, and even sweet potatoes. It proved to be a great inquiry lab.”- Barb Burkhardt, University of Indianapolis

Praise for Chemistry of Membranes from Investigating Biology through Inquiry:

“We simultaneously did the alcohol method using isopropanol. Wow! Those results were very cool, very repeatable among the groups, and showed clear and strong gradients across the dilutions. There was a very nice correlation across methanol, ethanol, and 1-propanol based on length of alcohol molecule. The interesting surprise was the 2-propanol! It clearly caused much less leakage than 1-propanol at each concentration, behaving more like ethanol.” – Ross Koning, Eastern Connecticut State University

Table of Contents

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1Buffer InvestigationsGo Direct® pH Sensor
2DiffusionGo Direct® Conductivity Probe
3Investigating OsmosisGo Direct® Gas Pressure Sensor
4Chemistry of MembranesGo Direct® SpectroVis® Plus Spectrophotometer
5Investigating ProteinGo Direct® SpectroVis® Plus Spectrophotometer
6ATesting Catalase Activity (O2 Gas Sensor)Go Direct® O2 Gas Sensor
6BTesting Catalase Activity (Gas Pressure)Go Direct® Gas Pressure Sensor
6CTesting Enzyme Activity (Spectrometer)Go Direct® SpectroVis® Plus Spectrophotometer
7Introduction to Biofuels: Enzyme ActionGo Direct® SpectroVis® Plus Spectrophotometer
8Analysis of Enzymes using TyrosinaseGo Direct® SpectroVis® Plus Spectrophotometer
9Cellular RespirationGo Direct® CO2 Gas Sensor
10ASugar Metabolism with Yeast (Carbon Dioxide Gas)Go Direct® CO2 Gas Sensor, Go Direct® Temperature Probe
10BSugar Metabolism with Yeast (Ethanol)Go Direct® Ethanol Vapor
11Fermentation with YeastGo Direct® Temperature Probe, Go Direct® Gas Pressure Sensor
12Photosynthesis by ChloroplastsGo Direct® SpectroVis® Plus Spectrophotometer
13Transpiration of PlantsGo Direct® Gas Pressure Sensor
14Plant PigmentsGo Direct® SpectroVis® Plus Spectrophotometer
15Heart RateGo Wireless® Heart Rate
16Investigating Dissolved OxygenGo Direct® Optical Dissolved Oxygen Probe
17Investigating Primary ProductivityGo Direct® Optical Dissolved Oxygen Probe
18Modeling Population DynamicsNo probeware used
19Water MonitoringGo Direct® pH Sensor, Go Direct® Conductivity Probe, Go Direct® Optical Dissolved Oxygen Probe
20Evolution of Cellobiase in FungiGo Direct® SpectroVis® Plus Spectrophotometer
21Introduction to Molecular Evolution
22Evolution of YeastGo Direct® CO2 Gas Sensor

What's Included

Electronic Version

  • 22 ready-to-use student preliminary activities
  • Access to up-to-date versions of the experiments
  • Open- and guided-inquiry versions of all preliminary activities
  • Essential instructor information including teaching tips, instructions for preparing solutions, suggested answers, and sample data and graphs
  • Word-processing files of the student investigations, so you can edit the files to match your teaching preferences
  • Complete equipment and supplies list
  • A generous site license­—buy one book and duplicate the experiments for your class

Printed Lab Book

When you buy the printed lab book you receive all of the resources listed for the electronic version, plus a printed copy of the book.

Sample Download

Preview “Buffer Investigations” from Investigating Biology through Inquiry. The preview download includes student instructions, teacher tips, sample data, and more.



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** The IB Diploma Program is an official program of the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) which authorizes schools to offer it. The material available here has been developed independently of the IBO and is not endorsed by it.