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    In this activity, students calculate the number of times their hearts have beaten since they were born.

    By the end of this activity, students should be able to:

    • explain that their heart (cardiac muscle) is an involuntary muscle
    • locate their pulse and determine pulse rate
    • investigate and find meaning for very large numbers

    Download the Word file (see link below) for:

    • introduction/background notes
    • what you need
    • what to do
    • extension ideas

    Download the Excel file (see link below) for the heartbeat calculator.

      Published 21 June 2007, Updated 22 November 2013 Referencing Hub articles