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Connecting Concepts: Animal Physiology/Homeostasis 1: Ben's Bad Day

Students learn how blood glucose, pH, and other variables are maintained at stable levels by homeostasis, and what conditions result from imbalances in the variables. Students follow Ben, a fellow “student,” through a bad day in which they interpret Ben’s physiological reactions and determine how his organs and organ systems will interact to restore his homeostasis. Students encounter realistic, yet humorous situations that lead to changes in Ben’s blood pressure, pH, glucose, osmolarity, and body temperature. They then select the appropriate physiological inputs that will restore Ben’s homeostasis in each situation.


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Marty Zahn
Marty Zahn (Retired Faculty)
7 years ago

Part one of three excellent interactive exercises that investigate the concept of homeostasis. Students are required to draw conclusions from information and data provided. This is a very difficult concept for students. Very well organized and well written. Uses "typical" events in a student's day. Used in my classes.

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