Respirometry II: Determining Metabolic Rate

A CIBT Lab Exercise in Physiology



This module uses the Collins respirometer to measure oxygen consumption and relates this volume to rate of metabolism when the subject is at rest.


Appropriate Levels

Regents Biology and Advanced Biology.

Time Required

Time Required

Preparation time: 5 to 10 minutes to set up each respirometer.
Class time: Introduction and instructions to the class will require 5 to 10 minutes. To collect data will take approximately 5 minutes per student tracing.



  • Collins respirometers and accessories

    • spirometry paper (1 per student)
    • disposable mouth pieces (1 per student)
    • nose clamps
  • a chair for each subject to sit
  • Tape
  • 1 gallon water container
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Jeannine Groff, Cherry Valley-Springfield Central School, Cherry Valley NY

Dave Frank, Department of Physiology, Cornell University, Ithaca NY

Victoria Boulay, Averill Park High School, Averill Park NY

Melissa Joslin, Averill Park High School, Averill Park NY