The temperature coefficient (Q10) represents the factor by which the rate of a reaction increases for every 10-degree rise in the temperature. The “rate of reaction” may represent any measurable physiological reaction. Examples might include the heart rate, the rate of muscle contraction, the speed of an electrochemical impulse along a neuron, or the rate of an enzymatic reaction.
The temperature coefficient equation (Q10) is found on the "AP Biology Equations and Formulas" Sheet. This is a calculation that is required for the newly formatted AP Biology exam.
This is a 2-page worksheet that:
1) Explains the temperature coefficient equation
2) Includes the equation and a "key" to define each part of the equation
3) Four analysis questions
4) 4 practice problems using the Q10 equation
A one-page teacher answer key is included.
This worksheet is suitable for those high school biology students who are enrolled in an honors level or AP Biology class.
This worksheet is also included in a lab bundle of three activities:
Measuring the Heart Rate in Daphnia, Student Designed Experiment and Q10 Worksheet