Measures of lung function

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1. forced vital capacity

  • max volume that can be breathed out in 1 minute
  • max volume of air its possible to breathe forcefully out of lungs after deep breath in
  • max volume that can be breathed in in 1 breath
  • max volume that can be breathed out in 1 second
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2. spirometer

  • measures respiration rate
  • measures volume of air breathed in/ out
  • measures rate of photosynthesis
  • measures heart rate
  • measures water uptake - so transpiration rate

3. Tidal volume

  • volume of air in each breath
  • maximum volume of air that can be breathed out
  • maximum volume of air that can be breathed in
  • maximum volume of air that can be breathed in 1 second

4. ventilation

  • maximum volume of air that can be breathed out
  • number of breaths per minute
  • maximum volume of air that can be breathed in
  • number of breaths per second

5. forced expiratory volume

  • max volume that can be breathed out in 1 breath
  • max volume that can be breathed out in 1 second
  • number of breaths per minute
  • max volume that can be breathed out

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