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Dissolved Oxygen in Water

Figure from experiment 19 from Biology with Vernier

Introduction

Although water is composed of oxygen and hydrogen atoms, biological life in water depends upon another form of oxygen—molecular oxygen. Oxygen is used by organisms in aerobic respiration, where energy is released by the combustion of sugar in the mitochondria. This form of oxygen can fit into the spaces between water molecules and is available to aquatic organisms.

Fish, invertebrates, and other aquatic animals depend upon the oxygen dissolved in water. Without this oxygen, they would suffocate. Some organisms, such as salmon, mayflies, and trout, require high concentrations of oxygen in their water. Other organisms, such as catfish, midge fly larvae, and carp can survive with much less oxygen. The ecological quality of the water depends largely upon the amount of oxygen the water can hold.

Objectives

In this experiment, you will

  • Use a Dissolved Oxygen Probe to measure the concentration of dissolved oxygen in water.
  • Study the effect of temperature on the amount of dissolved oxygen in water.
  • Predict the effect of water temperature on aquatic life.

Sensors and Equipment

This experiment features the following Vernier sensors and equipment.

Additional Requirements

You may also need an interface and software for data collection. What do I need for data collection?

Standards Correlations

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Experiment 19 from Biology with Vernier Lab Book

<em>Biology with Vernier</em> book cover

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