The Chemical Educator
ISSN: 1430-4171 (electronic version)
Abstract Volume 10
Issue 2 (2005) pp 142-144
Introducing Measurement in a Chemistry Course for the Allied Health Student: Calculating Percent Body Fat with Skinfold Calipers
Laura DeLong Frost
Department of Chemistry, Georgia Southern University,
Statesboro, GA 30460, ldelong@GeorgiaSouthern.edu
Published online: 10 March 2005
Abstract. A laboratory exercise introducing the allied health student to measurement concepts using skinfold calipers is presented. Students are introduced to measurement by determining their ideal body weight for their frame size and determining percent body fat using one, two, and four different skinfold sites. Surveys distributed following the exercise indicate that students gained an understanding of measurement concepts through the laboratory. In this work the laboratory procedures are described and the survey results are analyzed.
Key Words: Laboratories and Demonstrations; general chemistry; nonmajor courses
(*) Corresponding author. (E-mail: ldelong@GeorgiaSouthern.edu)
Student’s Laboratory Exercise: “Measurement 1: You Can’t Live Without Some Math!” is included as supporting material. It is provided in a Zip file (667 KB).
Issue date: April, 1 2005