Gender Influence on Mean Pulse Rate

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Gender Influence on Mean Pulse Rate|
Laboratory Write-Up|
Section 3
Kimberly Schmidt
Section 3
Kimberly Schmidt
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Savannah LeRette|
9/2/2012|

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Results
In this experiment, we observed the effects that gender had on the mean pulse rate of men and women. Our goal was to support the prediction that stated, “If you are a female, then you will have a lower pulse rate.”

The male subjects had an average pulse rate of 69 beats per minute before the step test. This was only 2 beats more than the average pulse rate of the female subjects, which was 67 beats per minute. The pulse rates of all subjects, male or female, before the step test were about the same, excluding a couple of outliers, as seen in Figure 1. The average pulse rate of the male subjects after the step test was 93 beats per minute, which was significantly lower than the average pulse rate of the female subjects after the step test, which was 100 beats per minute. The pulse rates of all subjects, male or female, after the step test were more varied than before the step test, as seen in Figure 2. The recovery time was also measured. Female subjects took about a minute longer on average to return to their normal pulse rate compared to the male subjects, as seen in Ta Table 1. Recovery Time (minutes)|

Subject| 1| 2| 3| 4| 5| 6| Average|
Male | 1.5| 1| 1| 1| 1.5| 2| 1.3|
Female| 2| 1.1| 2| 3| 2| 1.5| 1.9|
Discussion
In this experiment, we were observing the role that gender played when it came to heart rate. We observed the pulse rate of male and female subjects before and after the step test. We also observed the recovery time of all subjects. The hypothesis was that gender did have an effect on the mean pulse rate. The prediction was that if you are a female, then you will have a slower pulse rate. The experiment falsified the hypothesis as the results showed that the average pulse rate for female subjects was significantly faster than...
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