Investigating Chemistry through Inquiry

Investigating Chemistry through Inquiry

Investigating Chemistry through Inquiry


This book contains 25 inquiry-based chemistry investigations covering topics such as thermochemistry, acids and bases, stoichiometry, chemical kinetics, and properties of solutions.

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The Investigating Chemistry through Inquiry lab book contains 25 inquiry-based chemistry investigations. The book is authored by two long-time chemistry teachers, Donald L. Volz and Ray Smola, who have enjoyed using the inquiry method in their own instruction.

Each experiment includes a preliminary activity, teacher information, sample researchable questions, and sample data for those researchable questions. If you are new to inquiry-based instruction, the extensive Instructor Sections that are included with each investigation will help guide you through the inquiry-based style of chemistry instruction.

Table of Contents

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1Physical Properties of WaterGo Direct® Temperature Probe
2Baking Soda and Vinegar InvestigationsGo Direct® Temperature Probe
3An Investigation of Urea-Containing Cold PacksGo Direct® Temperature Probe
4Conductivity of Aqueous SolutionsGo Direct® Conductivity Probe
5Identifying a Pure SubstanceGo Direct® Temperature Probe
6Investigating the Energy Content of FoodsGo Direct® Temperature Probe
7Investigating the Energy Content of FuelsGo Direct® Temperature Probe
8Evaporation and Intermolecular AttractionsGo Direct® Temperature Probe (2)
9Enthalpy ChangesGo Direct® Temperature Probe
10Reaction StoichiometryGo Direct® Temperature Probe
11Beer's Law InvestigationsGo Direct® Colorimeter
12Colligative Properties of SolutionsGo Direct® Temperature Probe
13Long Term Water MonitoringGo Direct® Temperature Probe, Go Direct® pH Sensor, Go Direct® Conductivity Probe
14Vapor Pressure and Heat of Vaporization InvestigationsGo Direct® Temperature Probe, Go Direct® Gas Pressure Sensor
15Acid-Base Properties of Household ProductsGo Direct® pH Sensor
16The Effect of Acid Deposition on Aqueous SystemsGo Direct® pH Sensor, Go Direct® Conductivity Probe
17Acid-Base TitrationsGo Direct® pH Sensor
18Conductimetric TitrationsGo Direct® Conductivity Probe
19Oxidation-Reduction TitrationsGo Direct® ORP Sensor
20Investigating Voltaic CellsGo Direct® Voltage Probe
21Baking Soda and Vinegar Investigations RevisitedGo Direct® Temperature Probe, Go Direct® Gas Pressure Sensor, Go Direct® pH Sensor
22Reaction RatesGo Direct® Temperature Probe, Go Direct® Gas Pressure Sensor
23Enzyme ActivityGo Direct® Temperature Probe, Go Direct® Gas Pressure Sensor
24Sugar Fermentation by YeastGo Direct® Temperature Probe, Go Direct® Gas Pressure Sensor
25Nuclear RadiationGo Direct® Radiation Monitor

What's Included

Electronic Version

  • 25 inquiry-based, chemistry investigations
  • Access to up-to-date versions of the experiments
  • Essential teacher information for successful inquiry investigations
  • Suggested researchable questions, sample data, and graphs
  • A generous site license—buy one book and duplicate the labs for your class
  • Word-processing files of the student experiments, so you can edit the files to match your teaching preferences

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 “Beer’s Law Investigations” from Investigating Chemistry through Inquiry. The preview download includes student instructions, teacher tips, sample data, and more.



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