# physics

The aorta carries blood away from the heart at a speed of about 43 cm/s and has a radius of approximately 1.1 cm. The aorta branches eventually into a large number of tiny capillaries that distribute the blood to the various body organs. In a capillary, the blood speed is approximately 0.066 cm/s, and the radius is about 5.5 x 10-4 cm. Treat the blood as an incompressible fluid, and use these data to determine the approximate number of capillaries in the human body.

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1. Q = flow rate = speed * area

43 pi R^2 = n * .066 pi r^2

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