Human Physiology with Vernier

The experiments in Human Physiology with Vernier are designed to encourage students to think about the physiology of various human organ systems by measuring the activity of the upper respiratory tract, the lungs, the heart, the nervous system, and the musculoskeletal system.

Homeostasis is an underlying theme, and several experiments illustrate the response of the human body to stress or external influences.

Table of Contents

Experiment Suggested Products
1 Warming Function of Nasal Passageways Surface Temperature Sensor
2 Effect of Vascularity on Skin Temperature Recovery Surface Temperature Sensor
3 Heart Rate as a Vital Sign Hand-Grip Heart Rate Monitor
4 Heart Rate and Exercise Hand-Grip Heart Rate Monitor
5 Heart Rate Response to Baroreceptor Feedback Hand-Grip Heart Rate Monitor
6 Effect of Coughing on Heart Rate Hand-Grip Heart Rate Monitor
7 Blood Pressure as a Vital Sign Blood Pressure Sensor
8 Blood Pressure and Exercise Blood Pressure Sensor
9 Diurnal Blood Pressure Variation Blood Pressure Sensor
10 Heart Rate and Blood Pressure as Vital Signs Blood Pressure Sensor, Hand-Grip Heart Rate Monitor
11 Heart Rate, Blood Pressure, and Exercise Blood Pressure Sensor, Hand-Grip Heart Rate Monitor
12 Analyzing the Heart with EKG EKG Sensor
13 Introduction to EMG EKG Sensor
14A Neuromuscular Reflexes (with Accelerometer) 25-g Accelerometer, EKG Sensor
14B Neuromuscular Reflexes (without Accelerometer) EKG Sensor
15 Muscle Function Analysis EKG Sensor
16 Grip Strength Comparison Hand Dynamometer
17 Grip Strength and Muscle Fatigue Hand Dynamometer
18 EMG and Muscle Fatigue EKG Sensor, Hand Dynamometer
19 Lung Volumes and Capacities Spirometer
20 Respiratory Response to Physiologic Challenges Spirometer
21 Analysis of Lung Function Spirometer
22 Oxygen and Aerobic Metabolism O2 Gas Sensor, Spirometer, O2 Gas Sensor to Spirometer Adapter
23 Oxygen Extraction by the Lungs O2 Gas Sensor
24 Effect of “Dead Space” on Oxygen Exchange O2 Gas Sensor