6 Thermoregulation and mammalian fur

A coat of profuse mammalian body hair is commonly called fur. Fur provides insulation, which is a property that one first thinks of as useful for mammals to help retain body heat. Fur is a unique and fundamental feature of mammals, though not all living species possess it.

## Question 12

Not only are there the mechanisms to generate extra heat, but there are cooling mechanisms too, of which sweating is just one example.

## Activity 4

Watch ‘A Winning Design’ on the DVD from 30.50–34.12 and write down the behavi

## Question 25

Table 8 shows the atmospheric pressure *P* in pascals (Pa) at various heights *h* above the Earth's surface. Plot a graph to give a visual representation of the data in the table. Be careful to label your axes co

1. A coordinate system provides a systematic means of specifying the position of a particle. A system in one dimension involves choosing an origin and a positive direction in which values of the position coordinate increase. Values of the position coordinate are positive or negative numbers multiplied by an appropriate unit of length, usually the SI unit of length, the metre (m).

2. The movement of a particle along a line can be described graphically by plotting values of the particle's

1.6.3 The acceleration due to gravity

In the absence of air resistance, an object falling freely under the influence of the Earth's gravity, close to the surface of the Earth, experiences an acceleration of about 9.81 m s^{−2} in the downward direction. The precise value of the magnitude is indicated by the symbol *g* and varies slightly from place to place due to variations in surface altitude, the effect of the Earth's rotation and variations in the internal composition of the Earth. Some typical values f

1.6.2 The equations of uniformly accelerated motion

Equations 22, 23 and 24 provide a complete description of uniformly accelerated motion. By combining them appropriately, it is possible to solve a wide class of problems concerning the kinematics of uniformly accelerated motion. Nonetheless, those particular equations are not always the best starting point for the most common problems. For example, it is often the case that we want to know the displacement from the initial position after some specified period of constant acceleration, rather

1.6.1 Describing uniformly accelerated motion

An important special case of non-uniform motion along a line is that which arises when an object is subjected to constant acceleration. This kind of motion is called **uniformly accelerated motion**. An object falling under gravity near to the surface of the Earth, such as the apple of Figure 24, provides

1.4.7 A note on straight-line graphs and their gradients

We end this section by reviewing some of the important features of straight-line graphs, though we do so in terms of two general variables *z* and *y*, rather than *x* and *t*, in order to emphasise their generality. If the graph of *z* against *y* is a straight line of the kind shown in Figure 22, then *z* and *y* are related by an equation of the form

After studying this unit you should be able to:

explain the meaning of all the newly defined (emboldened) terms introduced in this unit;

draw, analyse and interpret position–time, displacement–time, velocity–time and acceleration–time graphs. Where appropriate, you should also be able to relate those graphs one to another and to the functions or equations that describe them, particularly in the case of straight-line graphs;

find the derivati

The dimensions of the emerging X-ray beam can be altered by the collimator. This helps to ensure that only the region of interest is exposed to the X-rays.

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3.2 Angular size, actual size and distance

The angular size of an object is determined uniquely by its actual size and its distance from the observer. For an object of fixed size, the *larger* the distance, the *smaller* the angular size. For objects at a fixed distance, the *larger* the actual size of an object, the *larger* its angular size. For objects with small angular sizes, such as typical astronomical objects, the precise relationship between angular size, actual size and distance is well approximated by th

There are three activities in Section 4, asking you to summarise information in the form of lists. In the first two, the answers are given but in the third, about the diet of the giant panda, they are not. You are asked to tick off the points in your list as you read on through the section. As you gain more stu

3 Is specialisation always advantageous?

Specialisation generally implies the possession of adaptations that make animals particularly effective or efficient in one or more aspects of their lives. In many of the examples used in other units in this series, mammals are likely to possess adaptations related to the acquisition and/or processing of food.

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As we have said, the photons in the 3 K background have been practically free from interaction with anything since about 4 × 10^{5} years after the instant of the big bang. The present *angular distribution* of the microwave radiation – the way in which it is spread across the sky – is therefore almost the same as it was then. The spectrum we find today depends on the temperatures at that time – for the intensity of the radiation in a particular region of the early Unive

The law of conservation of charge applies locally at each point and time, so any variation of the total charge within a closed surface must be due to charges that flow across the surface of the region. This principle leads to the equation of continuity:

5.1.4 Getting agreement with the no-monopole law

Substituting Equation 7.23 into the no-monopole law gives immediate agreement because

The no-monopole law is analogous to Gauss's law in empty space, and it leads to a similar conclusion: the magnetic wave must be transverse. This has already been established using Farada

This section gives a brief introduction to light and electromagnetic waves.

The idea that light is an electromagnetic wave had occurred to Faraday while Maxwell was still a schoolboy, but Maxwell was the first person to possess a complete set of equations describing the dynamical behaviour of electric and magnetic fields. Believing that Faraday was correct, Maxwell set out to show that his equations have wave-like solutions that propagate through empty space at the speed of light.

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(Lou Reed, American rock singer)

In 1996, a book called *Our Stolen Future* was published, bringing to public attention a debate that had been simmering among biologists for some time. Written by Theo Colborn and two colleagues at the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), this book presented the hypothesis that certain industrial chemicals, commonly found as environmental pol

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