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What affect does exercise have on our pulse?

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Biology Coursework - What affect does exercise have on our pulse? Aim: To find out what affect exercise has on our pulse by doing either different types of exercise or the same exercise for different lengths of time. Prediction: I predict that the longer you exercise the higher your pulse will get to a certain point where it will become steady, creating a smooth curve on a graph. Equipment: * Stopwatch - to time when I exercise and when I take my pulse. * Area to exercise in / Treadmill - depending which is available. Method: For this test I will be jogging for a certain amount of time, taking my pulse for 15sec then jogging for the same time again without resting so the time builds up. This is how I will do my test: 1. Start the stopwatch and jog for 30sec. ...read more.

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pulse, but if it is to cold it is hard to get warm enough and jog at the same time resulting in a higher pulse. Results: Time (min) Pulse (bpm) Test 1 Test 2 Test 3 Average 0 96 102 96 90 0.5 120 120 120 120 1 123 126 127 132 1.5 129 135 142 162 2 135 147 151 171 2.5 141 156 158 177 3 177 180 168 147 3.5 153 141 144 138 4 144 126 134 132 4.5 135 120 128 129 5 126 120 126 132 Analysis of results and graph: The results seem to be reliable and accurate as none are far from the general trend. The results I have obtained from my investigation partially support my prediction that the longer you exercise the higher your pulse to a point, but instead of continuing along a steady line after this they go back down. This can be seen clearly in the graph of time against pulse rate. ...read more.

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Evaluation: I think my experiment went fairly well and it was a quite fair test. Things I would want to improve would be to: * Do all the results on the same day as this would affect my fitness and the temperature. * Have equipment to take my pulse continuously so I could keep jogging as 15sec many have been enough time for me to partially recover. * Have flat even ground to jog on as slopes and bumps could affect the speed at which I jog. * Have someone else timing me as it is hard to jog and look at a stopwatch accurately. * Take more results and repeat them more times. Overall I think my results are reliable as none of them are obviously anomalous. If accurate pulse measurement equipment could be obtained it would be possible to just jog for 5 minutes and take continuous results. This would create a much more accurate graph and results table. Connor Dunn 1 ...read more.

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