Investigating Biology through Inquiry

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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1 Buffer Investigations Go Direct® pH Sensor
2 Diffusion Go Direct® Conductivity Probe
3 Investigating Osmosis Go Direct® Gas Pressure Sensor
4 Chemistry of Membranes Go Direct® SpectroVis® Plus Spectrophotometer
5 Investigating Protein Go Direct® SpectroVis® Plus Spectrophotometer
6A Testing Catalase Activity (O2 Gas Sensor) Go Direct® O2 Gas Sensor
6B Testing Catalase Activity (Gas Pressure) Go Direct® Gas Pressure Sensor
6C Testing Enzyme Activity (Spectrometer) Go Direct® SpectroVis® Plus Spectrophotometer
7 Introduction to Biofuels: Enzyme Action Go Direct® SpectroVis® Plus Spectrophotometer
8 Analysis of Enzymes using Tyrosinase Go Direct® SpectroVis® Plus Spectrophotometer
9 Cellular Respiration Go Direct® CO2 Gas Sensor
10A Sugar Metabolism with Yeast (Carbon Dioxide Gas) Go Direct® CO2 Gas Sensor, Go Direct® Temperature Probe
10B Sugar Metabolism with Yeast (Ethanol) Go Direct® Ethanol Vapor
11 Fermentation with Yeast Go Direct® Temperature Probe, Go Direct® Gas Pressure Sensor
12 Photosynthesis by Chloroplasts Go Direct® SpectroVis® Plus Spectrophotometer
13 Transpiration of Plants Go Direct® Gas Pressure Sensor
14 Plant Pigments Go Direct® SpectroVis® Plus Spectrophotometer
15 Heart Rate Go Wireless® Heart Rate
16 Investigating Dissolved Oxygen Go Direct® Optical Dissolved Oxygen Probe
17 Investigating Primary Productivity Go Direct® Optical Dissolved Oxygen Probe
18 Modeling Population Dynamics No probeware used
19 Water Monitoring Go Direct® pH Sensor, Go Direct® Conductivity Probe, Go Direct® Optical Dissolved Oxygen Probe
20 Evolution of Cellobiase in Fungi Go Direct® SpectroVis® Plus Spectrophotometer
21 Introduction to Molecular Evolution No probeware used
22 Evolution of Yeast Go Direct® CO2 Gas Sensor