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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.


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.

Included with Investigating Biology through Inquiry

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.

Vernier Sensors and Interfaces for Experiments

Buy a package to get the sensors and interface used for the investigations in this lab book.

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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


Select an investigation below to view an overview, objectives, necessary probeware, and standards correlations.

1Buffer Investigations
3Investigating Osmosis
4Chemistry of Membranes
5Investigating Protein
6ATesting Catalase Activity (O2 Gas Sensor)
6BTesting Catalase Activity (Gas Pressure)
6CTesting Enzyme Activity (Spectrometer)
7Introduction to Biofuels: Enzyme Action
8Analysis of Enzymes using Tyrosinase
9Cellular Respiration
10ASugar Metabolism with Yeast (Carbon Dioxide Gas)
10BSugar Metabolism with Yeast (Ethanol)
11Fermentation with Yeast
12Photosynthesis by Chloroplasts
13Transpiration of Plants
14Plant Pigments
15Heart Rate
16Investigating Dissolved Oxygen
17Investigating Primary Productivity
18Modeling Population Dynamics
No probeware used
19Water Monitoring
20Evolution of Cellobiase in Fungi
21Introduction to Molecular Evolution
No probeware used
22Evolution of Yeast
Go Direct® pH Sensor
pH Sensor
Go Direct® Conductivity Probe

Go Direct® Conductivity Probe (2)

Conductivity Probe

Conductivity Probe (2)

Go Direct® Gas Pressure Sensor
Gas Pressure Sensor
Go Direct® SpectroVis® Plus Spectrophotometer
Go Direct® O2 Gas Sensor

Go Direct® O2 Gas Sensor (1)

O2 Gas Sensor
Go Direct® CO2 Gas Sensor
CO2 Gas Sensor
Go Direct® Temperature Probe
Stainless Steel Temperature Probe
Go Direct® Ethanol Vapor

Go Direct® Ethanol Vapor (1)

Ethanol Sensor
Hand-Grip Heart Rate Monitor

Hand-Grip Heart Rate Monitor (1)

Go Direct® Optical Dissolved Oxygen Probe
Vernier Optical DO Probe

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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