TEACHER ENRICHMENT INITIATIVES

Activity 5B: You Really Are Full of Hot Air!

Designed to model the physiologic tests used to determine lung health, this activity allows students to measure their own lung capacities following methods similar to those used by physicians and respiratory therapists. In addition, students compare lung capacity measurements for the entire class and analyze the data using such mathematical calculations as mean, median, mode and range.

Objectives: 
  • Explore variations in lung volume among adolescents
  • Measure vital capacity (VC), tidal volume (TV), expiratory reserve volume (ERV), and respiration rate
  • Convert lung capacities from ATPS (Ambient Temperature and Pressure Saturated with Water Vapor) to BTPS (Body Temperature and Pressure Saturated with Water Vapor)
  • Calculate minute ventilation and inspiratory capacity (IC)
  • Calculate mean, median, mode and range for class data
Keywords: 

Lung volume, vital capacity, tidal volume, expiratory reserve, volume respiration rate, ambient temperature and pressure saturated with water vapor, body temperature and pressure saturated with water vapor, minute ventilation, inspiratory capacity, respiratory therapist

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Activity Code: 
5B
Unit Reference: 
Pulmo Park
Lesson Reference: 
Lesson 5: Fill it Up: Pulmonary Health