# Human Volume

1. Sep 15, 2006

### blimkie

For a current assignment i am trying to determine the volume of an average adult human in metres cubed.

My strategy is to mulitply the average hieght by wast circumfrance for a rough estimate and convert to metres however i am having a hard time findng the average waist size.

i found that the avg hieght of a male is 5'9" and the avg female is 5'4"

feedback would be apreciated

thank you.

2. Sep 15, 2006

### blimkie

correction use the cirumfrene of the avg waist to find the radius then find area and mulitply by the hieght.

3. Sep 15, 2006

### DaveC426913

Surely the way to find the volume of an oddly-shaped object would be easy, if you knew, say, its weight and its density?

4. Sep 15, 2006

### SimplySolitary_

Ouch...
I'm 5'8 - female.
Not... <i>quite</i> average.

5. Sep 16, 2006

### Gokul43201

Staff Emeritus
What would Archimedis do?

6. Sep 16, 2006

### Staff: Mentor

Try using mass and density, and assume that the density of a body is approximately that of water. In addition to water, bodies contain fat and protein. Fat is less dense than water, and protein is slightly more dense than water.

http://www.seps.org/oracle/oracle.archive/Life_Science.Biochem/2001.06/000991410254.7589.html [Broken]

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7. Sep 16, 2006

### arildno

Great hint, Gokul!
:rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

8. Sep 18, 2006

### Staff: Mentor

I think Archimedis would immerse himself in the problem.

9. Sep 18, 2006

### Staff: Mentor

Just don't forget he was spelled Archimedes :-)

10. Sep 19, 2006

### DaveC426913

Actually, "he" was probably spelled more like αρΧεμεΔες.

Last edited: Sep 19, 2006