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# Heart Recoil IA. Aim To compare the recoil and subsequent elastic limit of a mammalian aorta and vena cava.

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IA 12: Unit 6- Investigating the Properties of Blood Vessels Aim To compare the recoil and subsequent elastic limit of a mammalian aorta and vena cava. Introduction Pumped by the muscular action of the heart, the blood is propelled around the body in tubular blood vessels. Blood flows through arteries, arterioles, capillaries, venules and veins. In this investigation we shall relate some of the physical properties of arteries and veins to their functions. Data Collection and Processing Raw data table to show the elastic recoil of vena cava Mass (g) Length of vena cava (�0.1cm) Vena cava with mass Vena cava without mass Elastic recoil (�0.2%) 0 (original length) 2.2 2.2 0.0 100 3.6 3.4 5.9 200 4.2 4.0 5.0 300 4.5 4.4 2.2 400 4.6 4.5 2.2 500 4.6 4.5 2.2 600 4.6 4.6 0.0 700 4.7 4.7 0.0 800 4.7 4.7 0.0 Raw data table to show the elastic recoil of aorta Mass (g) Length of aorta (�0.1cm) Aorta with mass Aorta without mass Elastic recoil (�0.2%) 0 (original length) 3.3 3.3 0.0 100 3.8 3.3 15.2 200 4.4 3.3 33.3 300 4.6 3.3 39.4 400 4.8 3.3 45.5 500 5.0 3.3 51.5 600 5.2 3.3 57.6 700 5.3 3.3 60.6 800 5.3 3.3 60.6 Calculations Elastic recoil of the first 100g Formula Working out Answer (1 d.p) Vena cava ((length with mass-length without mass)/ length without mass) x100 ((3.6-3.4)/3.4) ...read more.

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This will make the experiment a fair test thus my results will be reliable The preparations of the samples (vena cava and aorta) may have been damaged. For example, there were some tiny cuts on my vena cava, which can affect the elasticity and the elastic limit of it. Use scissors to prepare and cut the sample of aorta and vena cava instead of using a scalpel so the cutting is more precise. This will ensure the samples won't be damaged when the load of mass is added When measuring the length of the aorta/ vena cava both when the mass is added and after the mass, it is not precise enough. This is because sometimes the ruler may be slanted or wobbly causing the readings to be inaccurate. Use a clamp and a stand to hold the ruler vertically to ensure accuracy when measuring the length of the vena cava/aorta Using only a pig's aorta/vena cava may be insufficient to support they hypothesis Repeat the experiment using other mammalian veins and arteries in order to have further evidence to support the hypothesis thus making the results more reliable 1 Maton, Anthea (1995). Human Biology Health. Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey: Prentice Hall. ISBN 0-13-981176-1. 2 "Circulatory Systems - Biology Encyclopedia - Body, Animal, Organs, Blood, Separated, Major." Biology Reference. Web. 12 Feb. 2012. <http://www.biologyreference.com/Ce-Co/Circulatory-Systems.html>. ?? ?? ?? ?? Claudia Cheng ...read more.

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