1A60.22 - Scaling - Zoological Domain

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Scaling - Zoological Domain
Zoological Domain
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Protoplanet Demo from 8A70.82, Boiling Water, Hot Plate, and Infrared Camera.

Bring all three different size balls to the same temperature with the boiling water.  Place them in the rack side by side and observe them over a period of 20 minutes with the infrared camera.  You will observe that the smaller ball looses heat much faster than the medium size ball, that that the small and medium size balls looses heat much faster than the large ball.  This is one way to show that small animals need much more energy to be able to maintain the same constant temperature of a large animal.

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