Respiratory System
by: Zachary Jacobs, Micheal Mclaurin

Function: It is responsible for taking in oxygen and releasing carbon dioxide

parts of the system: red blood cells, lungs, wind pipe, the bronchial tubes, the alveolar walls , the pulmonary artery, the diaphragm

5 fun facts:

  • The right lung is slightly larger than the left.
  • Hairs in the nose help to clean the air we breathe as well as warming it.
  • The highest recorded "sneeze speed" is 165 km per hour.
  • The surface area of the lungs is roughly the same size as a tennis court.
  • The capillaries in the lungs would extend 1,600 kilometres if placed end to end.
  • We lose half a litre of water a day through breathing. This is the water vapour we see when we breathe onto glass.
  • A person at rest usually breathes between 12 and 15 times a minute.
  • The breathing rate is faster in children and women than in men.

we got this from

The respiratory system participates in a variety of homeostatic processes, and the two most important of these are maintaining pH and regulating gas exchange. Both of these homeostatic functions are related to the biochemical roles played by the two primary respiratory gases, carbon dioxide and oxygen. Oxygen enters the body as a component of the air we breathe and is processed by the lungs

how it helps other systems

One system that the Respiratory system works with is the digestive system. Food first goes down to the throat, and moves to the digestive system. It then breaks down the food into smaller substances that the body can use consisting of proteins . Both systems end up helping each other. The Digestive System provides our body with nutrients and the Respiratory System gives the Digestive oxygen.
Another system that the Respiratory system works with is the nervous system.The nervous system has a very different job compared to the Respiratory System, the nervous system consists of nerves (which makes you feel things, such as pain). It commands your body what to do by communicating with the brain. It even helps the Respiratory System by letting you notice when you are breathing and have most control. The nervous system is also what tells you to cry or scream when you get hurt.
The last system that works with the Respiratory system is the Circulatory system.The circulatory system is the system that transfers the food nutrients and oxygen to our body’s cells. It also helps to transport carbon dioxide and waste products. This helps the respiratory system move nutrients to keep the lungs cleansed. In exchange, the respiratory system lets air in to keep the circulatory system working.

we got this from

COPD: is the intersection of three related conditions — chronic bronchitis, chronic asthma and emphysema, Chaisson told Live Science. It is a progressive disease that makes it increasingly difficult for sufferers to breath