Total Lung Capacity
by Greg Crowther
This is a musical rendition of the respiration equation RV + ERV + VT + IRV = TLC. It was written for Biology 242 and Biology 352 at UW-Bothell.
Take residual volume; call it RV.
Add ERV and V-sub-T
And IRV to get TLC!
TLC: Total Lung Capacity!
• MP3 (demo)
• music video
• sheet music
Songs like this one can be used during class meetings and/or in homework assignments. Either way, the song will be most impactful if students DO something with it, as opposed to just listening.
An initial, simple follow-up activity could be to answer the study questions below. A more extensive interaction with the song might entail (A) learning to sing it, using the audio file and/or sheet music as a guide, or (B) designing kinesthetic movements ("dance moves") to embody it. The latter activity should begin with students identifying the most important or most challenging content of the song, and deciding how to illustrate that particular content.
(1) What do all those acronyms stand for?
(2) Using some or all the above terms, show how Functional Vital Capacity (FVC, or just VC) can be calculated.
(Answers may be found on the answers page.)