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# Oxygen Gas and Human Respiration

## Introduction

The process of breathing accomplishes two important tasks for the body. During inhalation, oxygen-rich air is brought into your lungs. During exhalation, air depleted in oxygen and rich in carbon dioxide is forced out. Oxygen is then transported to the cells where it is used in the process of respiration, yielding carbon dioxide as a product.

${{\text{C}}_{\text{6}}}{{\text{H}}_{{\text{12}}}}{{\text{O}}_{\text{6}}}{\text{ + 6 }}{{\text{O}}_{\text{2}}} \to {\text{6 C}}{{\text{O}}_{\text{2}}}{\text{ + 6 }}{{\text{H}}_{\text{2}}}{\text{O + energy}}$ ${\text{glucose + oxygen}} \to {\text{carbon dioxide + water}}$

In this experiment, you will determine what factors affect how long you can hold your breath. You will be tested under two different conditions. The first condition is normal breathing. The second condition is immediately following hyperventilation. Hyperventilation is when your breathing rate is greater than what is necessary for proper exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide. This will be achieved by a period of rapid breathing prior to holding your breath.

## Objectives

In this experiment, you will

• Use an O2 Gas Sensor to determine residual oxygen levels in exhaled air.
• Evaluate how internal O2 and CO2 concentrations influence breathing patterns.

## Sensors and Equipment

This experiment features the following Vernier sensors and equipment.

### Option 2

You may also need an interface and software for data collection. What do I need for data collection?

## Biology with Vernier

See other experiments from the lab book.

 1 Energy in Food 2 Limitations on Cell Size: Surface Area to Volume 3 Acids and Bases 4 Diffusion through Membranes 5 Conducting Solutions 6A Enzyme Action: Testing Catalase Activity 6B Enzyme Action: Testing Catalase Activity 7 Photosynthesis 8 The Effect of Alcohol on Biological Membranes 9 Biological Membranes 10 Transpiration 11A Cell Respiration (O2) 11B Cell Respiration (CO2) 11C Cell Respiration (Pressure) 11D Cell Respiration (CO2 and O2) 12A Respiration of Sugars by Yeast 12B Sugar Fermentation 13 Population Dynamics 14 Interdependence of Plants and Animals 15 Biodiversity and Ecosystems 16A Effect of Temperature on Respiration 16B Effect of Temperature on Fermentation 17 Aerobic Respiration 18 Acid Rain 19 Dissolved Oxygen in Water 20 Watershed Testing 21 Physical Profile of a Lake 22 Osmosis 23A Effect of Temperature on Cold-Blooded Organisms 23B Effect of Temperature on Cold-Blooded Organisms 24A Lactase Action 24B Lactase Action 25 Primary Productivity 26 Control of Human Respiration 27 Heart Rate and Physical Fitness 28 Monitoring EKG 29 Ventilation and Heart Rate 30 Oxygen Gas and Human Respiration 31A Photosynthesis and Respiration (O2) 31B Photosynthesis and Respiration (CO2) 31C Photosynthesis and Respiration (CO2 and O2)

### Experiment 30 from Biology with Vernier Lab Book

#### Included in the Lab Book

Vernier lab books include word-processing files of the student instructions, essential teacher information, suggested answers, sample data and graphs, and more.