Unformatted text preview: ) and carbon dioxide (PCO 2 ) are 160 and 0.2 mm respectively. Look at fig A and note the effect of altitude on air pressure. Figure B illustrates gas exchange in the lungs and tissues at sea level. You can see how altitude would impact the ability to move O 2 from the alveolus of the lung into the capillary. So let’s pretend. ... You are flying over Due West at 35,000 ft. when suddenly, your window bursts open causing sudden decompression of the cabin of your plane. Of course, you bail out and parachute to safety, happily landing in the open area of the quad. a. Using the figures below and working alone, calculate how great of a problem you will have getting sufficient oxygen at 35,000 ft when decompression occurs. Compare breathing ability at this altitude with breathing at sea level. Show your work and explain thoroughly. b. How great of a problem is there for gas exchange at 12,000 ft as you descend in your parachute? (calculate, show your work and explain)...
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This note was uploaded on 04/08/2008 for the course BG 111 taught by Professor Edwards during the Spring '08 term at Erskine.
- Spring '08