Math and Arithmetic

How do you find your body volume using a tape measure?

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2010-07-09 15:12:20

ACCURATELY measure a container into which your body will fit

comfortably. Once you know the volume, fill the container with


Lower yourself into the water, allowing excess to spill over the

top then climb out. By measuring the amount that the water that has

spilled over you are effectively measuring your body volume. You

can get a pretty accurate measurement by using the tape measure to

see how much the water volume has dropped after you get out of the


depends what you mean by accuracy and to what degree. the theory

of fractals says that with one measuring instrument you would read

x units. with a second smaller measuring instrument to achieve

greater accuracy you would read y units (y bigger than x). Moving

to a third yet small measuring instrument you would read z units (z

> y >x) and so forth. You can never get a truly accurate


Failing all of that use Archimedes displacement principle and

get a good estimate !

An alternative method of measuring body volume accurately is

through the use of a 3D Body Volume Index (BVI) scanner. The BVI

scanner is specifically designed to calculate risk factors

associated with a person's shape, through analysis of weight and

body fat distribution by body section and body volume


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