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Thermal Energy and the Human Body



The theme of this module is the thermal energy balance maintained by the human body. The principal source of energy to the body is food and a major output of energy is in the form of heat. The activities focus on the processes associated with the input and output of energy. There are four types of activities:

  • Data logging - Three laboratory experiments to investigate the energy content of food, cooling and evaporation, and the heat generated by the human body.
  • Simulation - Visual aids to assist an interpretation of the data-logging experiment on food and to explore the processes of heat transfer in the human body.
  • Modelling - A mathematical model to predict the changes of temperature in the data-logging experiment on food and in the data-logging experiment with a liquid evaporating.




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