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A Rigorous Investigation

The Relationships Between Cellular Respiration, Muscle Contraction, and Rigor Mortis



Co Authors:

Claudia Bode
Center for Environmentally Beneficial Catalysis
University of Kansas
bode@ku.edu

Allison Jablonski
Biology Department
Lynchburg College
jablonski@lynchburg.edu

Abstract:

In this directed case study, students investigate the cause of death in an incident that occurs late at night in a research lab. The overall goal of the case is to make the abstract concepts involved in cellular respiration more accessible to students. Developed for an introductory biology class, the case could easily be adapted for a more advanced biochemistry class.

Objectives:
  • Review the basic steps of ATP production (i.e., cellular respiration and fermentation).
  • Identify the molecular steps involved in muscle contraction.
  • State the importance of ATP generation to muscle contraction.
  • Understand the relationship between rigor mortis and muscle contraction.
Keywords: Rigor mortis; adenosine triphosphate; ATP; muscle contraction; cellular respiration
Topical Area: N/A
Educational Level: Undergraduate lower division, Undergraduate upper division
Formats: PDF
Type/Method: Directed
Language: English
Subject Headings: Biology (General)   Biochemistry  
Date Posted: 07/03/03
Date Modified: N/A
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