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Title of Assessment: Surface area to volume ratios are fundamental to the survival
of living organisms. Discuss.
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1. Describe using a worked example, how to


calculate SA:V. What happens to it when
size increases and why.
2. Explain how changes to the SA:V effect the
diffusion rates and the implications of this
for mammals.
3. Describe in detail using lungs as an
example, how specialised exchange
surfaces in mammals enable them to
survive despite having a low SA:V.
(Diagrams! Lung adaptations to increase
diffusion rates))
4. Explain why mammals require an
efficienttransport system in addition to
specialised exchange surfaces. What are
the adaptations that increase efficiency?
(Diagrams again!)
5. Research and outline a further example of
SA:V and its biological implications.
Tasks before you start
Read and review your notes on SA:V, exchange surfaces and
transport systems
Read pages 44-7, 52-3
Research other implications of a small SA:V
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