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Regulation of Human Heart Rate

In the lab, Regulation of Human Heart Rate, students learn how to measure heart rate accurately. Then students design and carry out an experiment to test the effects of an activity or stimulus on heart rate, analyze and interpret the data, and present their experiments in a poster session. In this activity students learn about both cardiac physiology and scientific method.

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Hands-on Activities for Teaching Biology to High School and Middle School Students



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2013 revision

In this revision, additional information has been incorporated in the Teacher Preparation Notes and the Student Handout has been reformatted and slightly revised to make it easier for students to use.

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