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Sat Curves - Mac Version

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Description Sat Curves is a Mac computer program that allows the user to demonstrate the effects of pH, PCO2, DPG, and temperature on the oxyhemoglobin dissociation curve. Two graphs are displayed so that one can serve as a control and compared with the other. Cursors on both graphs can be manipulated to obtain exact readings of oxyhemoglobin saturation as specified PO2s.
Type of Resource Graph/Chart, Laboratory or Hands-On Activity, Simulation, Software
Format Zipped File - ZIP - 14.12 MB
Technical Note Requires software to unzip file. Zipped file contains the simulation program with integrated LabView Run-Time Engine.
A.P. (Pete) Shepherd, University of Texas Health Science Center
Development Date August 8, 2013
Grade/Age Levels High School upper division (Grades 11-12)
Undergraduate lower division (Grades 13-14)
Undergraduate upper division (Grades 15-16)
Professional (degree program)
National Science
Educational Standard
Chemical reactions (9-12)
Medical Objectives
in Physiology
Exercise (see also Integration), Oxygen and carbon dioxide transport
Learning Time <=1 hour
Language English
Type of Review Reviewed By LifeSciTRC Board
Review Date November 18, 2013
Funding Source None
Suggested Use

Students are directed through a computer simulation that provides a physiology laboratory exercise where students can explore oxyhemoglobin saturation curves.  Through different scenarios, students can examine factors that effect the oxyhemoglobin dissociation and compare physiological consequences by simultaneously making comparisons to a control dissociation curve.  Instructions on how to run the program are very clearly written and helpful and the exercises pose good questions that are physiologically relevant. 

Andrew Roberts, University of Louisville


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