The Power Function
Scaling studies examine how form and function change as organisms get larger - in other words, how do biological features scale across size? Do they change in meaningful ways as organisms get bigger or smaller? Of course, you can't even ask these types of questions without having a way of measuring how relationships change mathematically. So, our main goal in this section is to introduce you to the idea of scaling studies - and also the mathematical function used to measure them: the power function!
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