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Homework Help: Human Volume

  1. Sep 15, 2006 #1
    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.
     
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  3. Sep 15, 2006 #2
    correction use the cirumfrene of the avg waist to find the radius then find area and mulitply by the hieght.
     
  4. Sep 15, 2006 #3

    DaveC426913

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    Surely the way to find the volume of an oddly-shaped object would be easy, if you knew, say, its weight and its density?
     
  5. Sep 15, 2006 #4
    Ouch...
    I'm 5'8 - female.
    Not... <i>quite</i> average.
     
  6. Sep 16, 2006 #5

    Gokul43201

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    What would Archimedis do?
     
  7. Sep 16, 2006 #6

    Astronuc

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    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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  8. Sep 16, 2006 #7

    arildno

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    Great hint, Gokul!
    :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:
     
  9. Sep 18, 2006 #8

    Astronuc

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    I think Archimedis would immerse himself in the problem. :biggrin:
     
  10. Sep 18, 2006 #9

    Borek

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    Just don't forget he was spelled Archimedes :-)
     
  11. Sep 19, 2006 #10

    DaveC426913

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