Biophysical Lab Report

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Biophysical Ecology Abstract: There are many patterns that can be observed throughout our environment. In this experiment, the temperatures of organisms in a biophysical environment were analyzed to see if a pattern could be recognized that was related to the behavior of an ectotherm. An ectotherm is an organism that relies on the environment to regulate its body temperature. Organisms such as Pseudemys (turtles) and Lacertilia (lizards) are examples or ectotherms. After arriving at Maxcy Gregg Park and analyzing the temperatures of four microhabitats within two habitats with infrared thermometers, the temperatures were compared between the microhabitats. Then, one habitat was chosen to analyze the temperatures between…show more content…
Then the average of each of the five I-button readings were put into the seven column of each of the two charts. To find the average in Excel they typed “=AVERAGE (highlight all cells to be averaged)” in the function box and selected the box where the answer should go. Then, dragged the blue marker in the corner of the box down the column to find all of the averages (Biology 301 Handout, Graphing Populus Data pg 1-4). The standard deviation of the five I-button readings was put into the eight column of each of the two charts. To find the standard deviation a group member typed “=STDEV(highlight all cells to be averaged)” in the function box and selected the box where the answer was needed. Then, dragged the blue marker in the corner of the box down the column to find all of the standard deviations (Biology 301 Handout, Graphing Populus Data pg 1-4). The confidence interval for each minute of the five I-buttons was then calculated and put into the ninth column of each of the two charts. To find the confidence interval, a group member typed “=CONFIDENCE(alpha (.05, standard dev of the row you are calculating from, and the sample size (5))”in the function box and select the box where the answer was needed.
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