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Ch 11: Understanding the Circulatory System

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This chapter can quickly improve your understanding of the circulatory system and help you prepare for an upcoming exam. Fun video lessons, mini quizzes and a practice exam are some of the study tools you can use to strengthen your knowledge of this subject.

Understanding the Circulatory System - Chapter Summary

Understanding the circulatory system is easier than ever thanks to the entertaining video lessons in this short chapter. Study with the help of top instructors who provide in-depth analyses of topics that include blood vessel layers, blood types and the human vascular system. Completing this chapter will enable you to:

  • List types of circulatory systems
  • Describe the human vascular system
  • Explain the purpose of the heart and how different types of hearts function
  • Discuss the components and function of blood
  • Define and describe the anatomy of a lymph
  • Identify and describe the three blood vessel layers
  • Detail the process of blood coagulation and wound healing
  • Share different blood types and discuss how they are determined

All lessons in this chapter are available as short videos and full transcripts. Each video averages 8 minutes and features a clickable timeline that helps you skip to key topics within the lessons. Full transcripts enable you to view the lessons as texts and they can be printed or read online. Multiple-choice quizzes are available to assess your comprehension of the lessons. A practice exam is also available to check your overall understanding of the circulatory system.

8 Lessons in Chapter 11: Understanding the Circulatory System
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Circulatory System I: Types of Circulatory Systems

1. Circulatory System I: Types of Circulatory Systems

From cnidarians to humans, all animals need a circulatory system to absorb nutrients and get rid of waste. Find out why different kinds of animals have different systems, and see what a closed circulatory system and indoor plumbing have in common.

Circulatory System II: The Human Vascular System

2. Circulatory System II: The Human Vascular System

In this lesson, learn all about the operation of the human vascular system. What are the different types of blood vessels? How does blood flow through the human body? How does the system adapt to your body changing?

Circulatory System III: The Heart

3. Circulatory System III: The Heart

What purpose does the heart serve? And how do different types of hearts function? In this lesson, you'll learn about two, three and four-chambered hearts.

Blood: Function & Components

4. Blood: Function & Components

You know your heart pumps blood through your blood vessels, but do you know why this is important? Learn why your blood must keep moving, as well as the things that make it up, like plasma, red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets.

What is a Lymph? - Definition & Anatomy

5. What is a Lymph? - Definition & Anatomy

In this lesson, you will learn about lymph, a fluid that forms in your body's tissues. You will explore how lymph is produced, how it moves through your body, and why it is important to your overall health. A post-lesson quiz will test your knowledge.

Blood Vessel Layers: Tunica Intima, Tunica Media & Tunica Adventitia

6. Blood Vessel Layers: Tunica Intima, Tunica Media & Tunica Adventitia

In this lesson, you will take a microscopic look at the three layers, or tunics, that make up your blood vessels. Follow along and learn how the different cells within these tunics help the vessels contract and relax as blood moves through your circulatory system.

Blood Coagulation and Wound Healing

7. Blood Coagulation and Wound Healing

When your blood vessels suffer damage, your body follows a sequence of events to promote blood clotting. In this lesson, you will learn about coagulation cascade and important clotting factors involved in wound healing.

Blood Types: ABO System, Red Blood Cell Antigens & Blood Groups

8. Blood Types: ABO System, Red Blood Cell Antigens & Blood Groups

You are either blood type A, B, AB or O. But, did you know that your blood type is determined by microscopic antigens found on your red blood cells? In this lesson, you will learn about the different blood groups and why they do not mix.

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