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The golden ratio in the human body.

Christopher sanchez 3/11/201 Stats 1510

Abstract In this study we are concerned with the golden ratio in the human body. The key point in this study was to see how close their own bodies fell to the golden ratio when using the formula FT/WE=GR) 1.618. A study was conducted with 18 individuals, 9 male and 9 females ranging in age from 18-22, heights of 5565 and spanning from different states in the United States of America. Using a standard 12 inch ruler Each individuals Finger Tip to Elbow (FE) was measured in centimeters. Next the distance between the individuals Wrist and elbow (WE) was measured in centimeters. After these measurements were taken we divided them with the formula previously mentioned. As the study progressed it became clear that the golden ratio exist in the human body, although the samples do not fall on 1.618 exactly, the differences in solutions do not fall far from one another. Introduction There are different examples and formulas to find the golden ratio in the human body. The distance between shoulder line and the top of the head divided by the head length, The distance between the naval(Na) and the top of the head (TH)divided by the distance between the shoulder line(SL) and the top of the head(TH) . The distance between the naval(NA) and knee(K) divided by the distance between the knee(K) and the end of the foot(Fo). The distance between the finger tip (FT) and the elbow (E) divided by the distance between the wrist (W) and the elbow (E). Taft college brings in athletes from all around the country, ranging from Puerto rico, Canada, Nevada and Hawaii. 18 athletes from the Ash street dorms would represent our population. 9 males and 9 females were chosen at random to try and prove that the golden ratio existed in the human body. I did not want to use people who were all the same height so I chose individuals who varied in height in both sexes. 1.618 is the magical number we are hoping to see when we use the measurements and formula FT/WE=GR. Here we will see how close the numbers fall to our magical number of 1.618 when using the formula FT/WE=GR and measuring using centimeters. Materials and methods Each individual was chosen according to their height. I wanted my population to range in height to prove that the Golden ratio existed in everyone ranging from 55 to 65. This is a broad gap in height so any questions concerning the height of the subjects would be thrown out the window. With the 9 males each individual was told to stand upright and extend their arm parallel to the floor fully extended. Using a ruler, measurements in cm from the FT to E were taken and recorded down. Then Measurements in cm were taken from the W to E. The 9 females would be measured under the same circumstances and procedures. After all of the statistics were taken down each subjects measurements were plugged into the formula FT/WE=Gr and compared Subject 1 2 3 Height 54 6 53 Age 19 20 18 Ethnicity Pacific islander Caucasian Pacific City/state Male/female Kauai, HI Female Orem,UT Palolo, HI Female Femal

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55 52 511 55

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Honolulu, HI Hawaiian Waianae, HI Simoan Ewa Beach, HI Mexican Las Cruces, NM Mexican Las Cruces, NM Pacific Kailua, Islander Hawaii Caucasian Langley, Canada Caucasian Las vegas, NV Caucasian Las Vegas, NV Caucasion Nanaimo, Canada Caucasian Las Vegas, NV Caucasian Mt. Vernon, WA Puerto Trujillo rican alto, PR Puerto Trujillo Rican Alto, PR Puerto Carolina, Rican PR

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Results After plugging all of the statistics into the formula I found that the solutions were close to the golden ratio of 1.618. Out of the 9 men, all of the solutions ranged from 1.73-1.84. Out of the 9 women, all of the solutions ranged from 1.68-1.83. These solutions varied in range from the golden ratio, but this was caused possibly from using a standard ruler in cm and not having exact starting and ending points on each individuals body. Each measurement was taken by what I believed was the starting and stopping point. The issue of cm also caused the solutions to be further away from 1.618 because it was not the

most precise measurement tool to use. I believe if a smaller measurement was used it would have made the solutions closer to 1.618. Subject 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 F to E in cm 43 45 43.6 43.9 43.5 51.5 46.9 44 46.3 49.3 47.3 47 48.5 45.4 48.4 52.2 48.2 48.8 W to E in cm 25 26 24 25.4 24.6 29.9 27.9 25.6 26.5 27.6 26.4 26.8 28 25.8 27.5 28.5 27.5 27.8 Solution 1.72 1.7307 1.816 1.7283 1.7682 1.7224 1.6810 1.7187 1.7471 1.7862 1.7916 1.7537 1.7321 1.7596 1.76 1.8315 1.7527 1.7553 Golden ratio 1.618 1.618 1.618 1.618 1.618 1.618 1.618 1.618 1.618 1.618 1.618 1.618 1.618 1.618 1.618 1.618 1.618 1.618

Disccusion. When looking for the golden ratio in the human body it is possible. The study should be conducted with extremely precise measuring tools and starting and stopping locations on the body. This study does not refute the golden ratio but it does show that it is possible. Studies show that higher numbers used will result in a more accurate answer when looking for 1.618. Another experiment can be performed using better measuring tools, but I still believe that individuals varying in height should be used. Another way

to back up the theory of the golden ratio can be done by using another formula that was previously stated. Conclusion The study conducted clearly shows that there is some truth to the golden ratio. All of the solutions that came from the formula were close to 1.618. If another experiment was to take place with more precise tools I believe the numbers would fall closer to 1.618. The results can represent the population because each individual varied in height and the results were eerily close. A long with the differences in height, the demographics varied extremely as well. Random variables were chosen based on height and demographics and still the golden ratio was almost achieved. I think it is safe to say that Febonacci nailed it with the golden ratio. References

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