New Lab Book Offers Investigative Experiments

Beaverton, OR - May 27, 2009 – Vernier Software & Technology's new lab book Investigating Chemistry through Inquiry takes a unique approach by providing direction for both open and guided inquiry. Co-authors and longtime chemistry instructors Donald L. Volz and Ray Smola aim to spur critical thinking skills for high school and college students while providing educators with easy-to-use labs.

The lab book includes 25 inquiry-based chemistry experiments. Each experiment has three lists of 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. In addition, 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.

Topics include 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. Check out the free sample lab online that focuses on evaporation and intermolecular attractions in alkanes and alcohols.

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