Concerns with fitness have increased interest in body composition and ideal body weight. Although anthropometric (e.g. skinfold) measurements can quickly determine general body composition, hydrostatic weighings are more accurate. While most exercise physiology laboratories on university campuses have a specialized tank for performing hydrostatic weighings, adequate stations can be set up in any swimming pool for a minimal initial cost. Several scientific concepts can be demonstrated during this exercise: measurement of lung volumes, determination of body density and calculation of percent body fat.
Iowa Science Teachers Journal
© Copyright 1993 by the Iowa Academy of Science
Kolkhorst, Fred W.
"Estimation of Percent Body Fat by Hydrostatic Weighing in High Schools,"
Iowa Science Teachers Journal: Vol. 30
, Article 2.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uni.edu/istj/vol30/iss2/2