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Organs of the respiratory passageways and how Boyle's Law relates to inspiration and expiration.

An essential part of maintaining homeostasis in the body is supplying tissues with oxygen and eliminating carbon dioxide from the tissues. Identify the organs of the respiratory passageways. Then we will examine how Boyle's law relates to the events of inspiration and expiration.

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Though it often seems logical when discussing respiration to begin where air enters the body, it is actually easier to understand the anatomy if we begin where oxygen enters the blood stream and carbon dioxide begins its exit from the body. Namely, we are talking about the lungs.

The human body has two lungs and they are made up, that the smallest level, of tiny sacs called alveoli. Each alveoli is surrounded by blood vessels and is the place where oxygen leaves the lungs and enters the blood stream. It is also the place where carbon dioxide leaves the blood stream and enters the lungs.

The alveoli look a lot like grapes and are clustered around small tubes called bronchioles. Bronchioles come in two sizes, the smallest, called respiratory bronchioles connect directly to the alveoli. The slightly larger terminal bronchioles feed the respiratory ...

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The expert examines organs of the respiratory passageways and Boyle's Law.