Answer to Question #69243 in Biochemistry for Lindsay
Why is it necessary to convert the oxygen consumed by the rats during the experiment (the mL O2 column in your data table) to a rate of oxygen consumed per kilogram per hour? In other words, why can’t you use the data in the mL O2 column to answer the questions?
Answer: We use rats with various masses during different experiments; also rats have no identical weights in the same experiment and other experiments can have different time of duration. It is known that the oxygen consumption depends upon the time and weight, so just volumes of oxygen are useless date and we cannot compare the results of the experiment and make a conclusion.