Investigating Biology Laboratory Manual

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  • Edition: 8th
  • Format: Spiral Bound
  • Copyright: 10/23/2013
  • Publisher: Pearson

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NEW! Now in full color!

With its distinctive investigative approach to learning, this best-selling laboratory manual is now more engaging than ever, with full-color art and photos throughout. As always, the lab manual encourages students to participate in the process of science and develop creative and critical-reasoning skills.


The Eighth Edition includes major revisions that reflect new molecular evidence and the current understanding of phylogenetic relationships for plants, invertebrates, protists, and fungi. The sequence of the lab topics has been reorganized to reflect the closer relationship of the fungi and animal kingdoms. A new lab topic, “Fungi,” has been added, providing expanded coverage of the major fungi groups. The “Protists” lab topic has been revised and expanded with additional examples of all the major clades. Both lab topics include suggestions and exercises for open-inquiry investigations.


In the new edition, population genetics is covered in one lab topic with new problems and examples that connect ecology, evolution, and genetics.

Table of Contents


1. Scientific Investigation

2. Microscopes and Cells

3. Diffusion and Osmosis

4. Enzymes

5. Cellular Respiration and Fermentation

6. Photosynthesis

7. Mitosis and Meiosis

8. Mendelian Genetics I: Fast Plants

9. Mendelian Genetics II: Drosophila

10. Molecular Biology

11. Population Genetics I: The Hardy-Weinberg Theorem

12. Bacteriology

13. Protists

14. Plant Diversity I: Bryophytes (Nonvascular Plants) and Seedless Vascular Plants

15. Plant Diversity II: Seed Plants

16. Bioinformatics: Molecular Phylogeny of Plants

17. The Kingdom Fungi

18. Animal Diversity I: Porifera, Cnidaria, Platyhelminthes, Mollusca, and Annelida

19. Animal Diversity II: Nematoda, Arthropoda, Echinodermata, and Chordata

20. Plant Anatomy

21. Plant Growth

22. Vertebrate Anatomy I: The Skin and Digestive System

23. Vertebrate Anatomy II: The Circulatory and Respiratory Systems

24. Vertebrate Anatomy III: The Excretory, Reproductive, and Nervous Systems

25. Animal Development

26. Animal Behavior

27. Ecology I: Terrestrial Ecology

28. Ecology II: Computer Simulations of a Pond Ecosystem



A Scientific Writing and Communication

B The Metric System

C Instrumentation and Techniques

D Chi-Square Test

C Terminology and Techniques for Dissection

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