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Human Body Explorations

by Karen Kalumuck and the Exploratorium Teacher Institute

 

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Contents

Page

About Human Body Explorations

5

How to Use This Book

6

Anatomy of an Exploration

6

Before You Begin: potential hazards, cautions, and alternatives

7

The Explorations 

Part 1: Your Secret Body
Investigations of hidden processes and phenomena

Naked Egg
Put de-shelled eggs in different fluids and watch them swell and shrink

11

Cellular Soap Opera
Soap films can behave like cell membranes

17

Acid in Your Stomach
Find out which antacid is most effective

23

How Much Do You C?
Find out how much vitamin C a drink contains

29

How Sweet It Is
All sugars are not created equal

37

Milk Makes Me Sick!
Find out why many people can't drink milk

43

Got Blood?
There's A, B, AB, and O. How can you tell which is which?

49

Mother and Child Reunion
Use genetic detective work to match three babies with their mothers

55

Fruitful DNA Extraction
See and touch the hereditary molecules

61

What You Can't See CanHurt You
Experiment with an unseen form of energy that affects your body

69

The Domino Effect
Use dominoes to model a nerve cell's transmission of a signal

75

You've Got Your Nerve!
Ordinary beans can model the ions in nerve cells

81

The Arctic in a Cup
Find out which materials are best at keeping you warm

87

Part 2: Your Observable Body
Investigations of perceivable processes and phenomena

Tunnel of Light
Light entering one eye can affect what you see with your other eye

95

Something in Your Eye
Illuminate the mysterious branching structure in your eye

99

A "Hole" New Experience
Even though it's inside your eye, you can figure out the size of your blind spot

103

The Taste of Color
Should you trust your eyes or your sense of taste?

109

Are You a Supertaster?
Find out if your tongue may be extrasensitive to bitter tastes

113

The Nose Knows
Discover the difference between taste and smell

119

Nose-stalgia
Explore the power of scent

125

Merry-Go-Round Illusion
With eyes closed, you can tell when you are spinning--but can you tell when you stop?

131

Do You Know Where Your Hands Are?
How do you know what your arms, legs, and body are doing without looking?

135

aMAZE-ing Memories
With tactile input from your finger, you can create a good mental map of a maze

141

Riddle of the Sphincter
How fast does water travel from your mouth to your stomach?

147

Sweaty Fingers
Your body sometimes does things without your permission

153

Circle of Nerves
How long does it take you to respond to a stimulus?

159

Veins in Your Feet
Find out how blood in your veins can flow up to your heart

165

A Knight in Shining Newspaper
Estimate the surface area of your birthday suit

Appendix

How This Book Came to Be

175

A Word About Inquiry

175

National Research Council Science Education Standards

175

Using Nonmetric Glassware and Measuring Devices

178

Topic Clusters

178

Resource Guide

179

Acknowledgments

179

Glossary

180

About the Exploratorium/About the Author

184

Photo Credits

184

 

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