‘Investigating Chemistry through Inquiry’ Lab Book Offers Investigative Experiments

May 27, 2009

Experiments based on recommendations from National Research Council

BEAVERTON, Ore., May 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Helping students in high school and college think critically about chemistry experiments, while providing educators with easy-to-use labs, was the goal of authors Donald L. Volz and Ray Smola in Vernier Software & Technology’s new ‘Investigating Chemistry through Inquiry’ lab book. The book takes a unique approach by providing direction for both open inquiry and guided inquiry.

With a strong emphasis on investigation, the lab book includes 25 inquiry-based chemistry experiments that consist of a preliminary activity, teacher information, sample researchable questions, and sample data for those researchable questions. Each experiment has three lists of possible researchable questions, including (1) Recommended for Open or Guided Inquiry (sample results provided), (2) Recommended for Open or Guided Inquiry (no sample results provided), and (3) Recommended for Advanced Students.

Each experiment in the book is based on recommendations from the National Research Council report, “Learning and Understanding: Improving Advanced Study of Mathematics and Science in U.S. High Schools” (2002), and from leading inquiry-based learning experts. These inquiry-based, data-collection experiments also include instructions on how educators should integrate Vernier probeware into each example.

The book’s co-authors are both long-time chemistry instructors who used the inquiry method in their own instruction.

The book’s table of contents lists the different labs by topic area so that teachers can quickly reference the experiments they wish to use in instruction. Educators can also access a free sample lab online that focuses on evaporation and intermolecular attractions in alkaline and alcohols.

Labs in the ‘Investigating Chemistry through Inquiry’ book cover Reaction Stoichiometry, Vapor Pressure, Enthalpy Changes, Conductivity of Aqueous Solutions, Identifying a Pure Substance, Reaction Rates, Baking Soda and Vinegar Investigations, and Oxidation-Reduction Titrations, along with many others.

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Pricing and Availability

‘Investigating Chemistry through Inquiry’ sells for $48 and is now shipping. For more information visit the website at www.vernier.com/cmat/chemi.html.

About Vernier Software & Technology

Vernier Software & Technology has been an innovator of data-collection technology for 28 years. Creating easy-to-use and affordable science interfaces, sensors, and software, their products can be found in education from elementary school to college. Vernier helps teachers enhance their science curriculum, increase learning, and build students’ critical thinking skills. Vernier’s technologies are in use worldwide in more than 125 countries. For more information visit www.vernier.com.

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