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Tension in Blood Vessels: LaPlace's Equation

Author(s): Lou Gross1, Monica Beals1, Susan Harrell1

University of Tennessee Knoxville

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This module introduces Laplace's equation in the context of understanding tension in the walls of blood vessels. It is intended for an introductory biology audience.

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Version 1.0 - published on 15 Feb 2019 doi:10.25334/Q42M9K - cite this


This activity maps to the OpenStax biology textbook, 40.4 Blood Flow and Blood Pressure Regulation

Student Introduction: The closed circulatory system of vertebrates is composed of arteries, veins, and capillaries. Arteries are thick-walled and carry blood away from the heart. Veins carry blood to the heart. Capillaries are small tubes that connect arterioles (small arteries) and venules (small veins).

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