Respiration Rate Tested to the Extreme

Jasmine Brooks, Bryse Brownen, Jonathan Cantwell, Sarah Gardner


We performed this experiment to test the temperature effects on respiration (Boyles et al 2012). We observed three different mice in various temperatures from 30 degrees Celsius to no lower than 4 degrees Celsius. Their respiration rate is tested in each trial to prove that endothermic animals need more energy to adjust to extreme temperatures; each mouse was observed in three different trials at room, extreme heat, and extremely cold temperatures. The mice adapted quickly to the various temperatures. However, we discovered that the colder the temperature, the mouse’s respiration rate increases; the respiration rate decreases in hotter temperatures.

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