Inquiry Experiments for General Chemistry: Practical Problems and Applications is a lab manual designed for students in introductory chemistry courses. The manual is the result of several projects funded primarily by the National Science Foundation and developed chiefly at the University of Puerto Rico at Cayey, Inter American University of Puerto Rico, Metropolitan Campus, and the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. The experiments have been thoroughly tested with undergraduate non-chemistry and non-science majors as well as with pre-med, engineering, science (including chemistry), and future teachers majors. Successful use of the experiments has occurred outside the institutions of origin including secondary institutions, community colleges and universities.
Nancy Kerner is a lecturer and Smithsonian Fellow at the University of Michigan.?She has long been involved in Guided Inquiry learning and is a co-founder of MERLOT (Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching), an NSF-funded cross-disciplinary website that shares and disseminates different types of teaching materials. Ram Lamba is a professor at the University of Puerto Rico at Cayey, and he won the American Chemical Society's Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring in 1999.?Ram is also involved in the Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning project, alongside Jim Spencer, Lyman Rickard, and Rick Moog.?He translated Moog's Guided Inquiry workbook into Spanish.