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Cooling Rates: Shaq vs. Susie

Figure from experiment 23 from Middle School Science with Vernier


Animals have different ways to keep cool in hot weather. Jackrabbits lose heat through their big ears, dogs pant, and you sweat. Body size affects cooling rate. Shaquille “Shaq” O’Neal is the 315-pound, seven-foot, one-inch center for the Los Angeles Lakers basketball team. Susie Chang is the 78-pound, four-foot, eight-inch point guard for the Milan (Indiana) Middle School Indians. Who do you think cools faster—Shaq or Susie? In this experiment, you will first predict who cools faster. Then you will do an experiment to test your prediction.


In this experiment, you will

  • Predict which cools faster, a large body or a small one.
  • Use Temperature Probes to test your prediction.

Sensors and Equipment

This experiment features the following Vernier sensors and equipment.

Option 1

Option 2

Additional Requirements

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

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Experiment 23 from Middle School Science with Vernier Lab Book

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