Physics: Principles with Applications (7th Edition)

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ISBN 10: 0-32162-592-7
ISBN 13: 978-0-32162-592-2

Chapter 14 - Heat - Questions: 22

Answer

A warm incubator can enhance evaporative cooling on an infant's skin.

Work Step by Step

A small baby has a larger surface-area-to-volume ratio than a larger baby. This means that relatively more heat is lost through the body surface area, by both radiation and evaporation. The evaporative cooling effect is exacerbated by the warm incubator. Incubators should not only be warm, but humid.
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