Inquiry-based Laboratories for Liberal Arts Chemistry, 1st Edition

  • Vickie Williamson Texas A&M University
  • Larry Peck Texas A&M University
  • ISBN-10: 0495015156  |  ISBN-13: 9780495015154
  • 200 Pages
  • © 2007 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $96.75 List Price = $ 130.95



The focus of the manual is on conceptual learning of the chemical phenomena in our lives. The manual employs the learning cycle approach, which is used as the underlying model for the guided and open inquiry/application laboratories. The learning cycle is derived from learning theory, is consistent with the nature of science, and has three sequential phases: 1) exploring/gathering data; 2) discussion/concept invention; 3) expansion/application.

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Table of Contents

1. Mass and Volume.
1A. Using Density to Identify an Unknown Metal Alloy.
2. Investigating Properties of Materials.
3. Trends.
4. Conductivity.
5. Energy Transfer.
6. Models.
7. Investigating Carbon Dioxide.
8. From Observations to Equations.
8A. Identification of a Substance.
9. Nature of Reactions.
10. Nature of Substances.
10A. Reactions of Acids and Bases.
11. Reactions of Metals and Compounds.
12. Reaction Energetics.
13. Water Testing.
14. Fuels.
15. The Nature of Polymers.
15A. Separating Plastics.

Meet the Author

About the Author

Vickie Williamson

Vickie Bentley-Williamson is a senior lecturer at Texas A&M University. She earned her Ph.D. in Chemical Education from the University of Oklahoma. Bentley-Williamson has earned numerous teaching awards, including the College of Science Teaching award in 2003. In addition to undergraduate general chemistry courses and labs, she teaches graduate-level chemical education courses. Bentley-Williamson has served as a Chemical Education Research Feature Editor for the JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL EDUCATION since 2002, and has been elected to the national ACS, Division of Chemical Education Research Committee for two consecutive terms (2000-2005).

Larry Peck

M. Larry Peck, Professor Emeritus at Texas A & M University, received his Ph.D. from Montana State University in 1971. He won the Chemical Manufacturers Association Catalyst Award in 2000, Texas A & M's Association of Former Students Distinguished Achievement Award in Chemistry Teaching in 2002, and the Division of Chemical Education's Outstanding Service to the Division Award in 2007. Until his retirement in 2006, Dr. Peck taught science at all levels and directed programs designed to improve the teaching of physical science programs now known in Texas as "integrated physics and chemistry." The resource materials developed in these workshops are being used as models for other state-funded teacher training programs.