Lung Capacity (page 2)
For Further Investigation
A child is smaller than an adult. Does an adult have a greater lung capacity than a child? A project question might be, How does body size affect the lungs' vital capacity?
Clues for Your Investigation
- Ask people of different body sizes to repeat the experiment. You need to decide how you want to measure body size: Weight? Height? Chest measurement?
- The experiment should be repeated by each person four or more times. A rest period of 10 or more minutes can be given between tests, but whatever the procedure, use the same procedure for each person taking the test. Average the results for each person.
- A graph comparing the measured body size and vital capacity can be made and displayed.
References and Project Books
Allison, Linda. Blood and Guts. New York: Little, Brown, 1976.
Beckelman, Laurie. The Human Body. Pleasantville, N.Y.: Reader's Digest, 1999.
Chisholm, Jane. Introduction to Biology. London: Usborne, 1984.
Parker, Steve. The Human Body. Brookfield, Conn.: Copper Beech Books, 1995.
____.The Lungs and Breathing. New York: Franklin Watts, 1991.
Saunderson, Jane. Heart and Lungs. New York: Troll, 1992.
VanCleave, Janice.janice VanCleave's Animals. New York: Wiley, 1992.
____.janice VanCleave's A+ Projects in Biology. New York: Wiley, 1993.
____.Janice VanCleave's Biology for Every Kid. New York: Wiley, 1990.
Weiner, Esther. The Incredible Human Body. New York: Scholastic, 1996.
Wiese, Jim. Head to Toe Science. New York: Wiley, 2000.
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