Relationship between Coffee Consumption, and Respiration Rate and Blood Pressure

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In order to determine the relationship between coffee consumption and two types of vital signs, respiration rate and blood pressure, my group (Group 4) designed a lab that measured the respiration rate and blood pressure of two participants, once after consuming water and then again after consuming coffee. After testing two participants blood pressure and respiration rate, it was found that the vital signs of the participants remained the same after consuming water but decreased slightly after consuming coffee. This lab is significant because it demonstrates that the consumption of coffee, on the contrary to Group 4’s hypothesis, caused a decrease in the vital sign measurements of the two participants rather than increasing as we initially hypothesized. This lab was done to determine and compare the effects that coffee drinking has on blood pressure and the respiration rate in two participants. The hypothesis configured by our group was that after drinking 1 cup of water the participant’s blood pressure and respiration rate would remain constant, but after the drinking 1cup of coffee the participants blood pressure and respiration rate would increase as a result of the common compounds found in coffee. The control in this experiment is 1 cup of water, because the participant’s blood pressure and respiration rate are being measured, but they have not been exposed to the common compounds found in coffee. The dependent variable in the study is the participant’s blood pressure and respiration rate because the vital signs are the component in the experiment that are being measured. The independent variable is what is changed in the experiment and in this experiment that would be the amount of the common compounds the participants consume in 1 cup of coffee. The results of our lab disproved our hypothesis, that consuming coffee would increase the participant’s blood pressure and respiration rate, as seen in Table 1, Graph 1, and Graph 2. Although our expectations...
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