Lab 4: Blood Pressure
Name: Stephen Fletcher
Directions: Answer the following questions about your lab. Submit via Assignments in the Course Tools menu.
1. State a problem about the relationship of age and gender to blood pressure. Blood pressure tends to increase with age and males are generally more susceptible to having high blood pressure.
2. Use your knowledge about the heart and the circulatory system to make a hypothesis about how the average blood pressure for a group of people would be affected by manipulating the age and gender of the group members. The average blood pressure of the group would increase, as the age group increases in years. Also, the male subjects will have earlier onset high blood pressure.
3. How will you use the investigation screen to test your hypothesis? What steps will you follow? What data will you record? I will look at the subjects with hypertension and see what patterns I can find among the patients. I will record the similarities of risk factors.
4. Analyze the result of your experiment. Explain any patterns you observed. The experiment showed that age and body weight contribute greatly to the blood pressure of an individual. Persons that were obese and in an older age demographic had greater instances of hypertension. Hypertension occurred earlier in males than in females. Hypertension seemed to be greater influenced by behavior/lifestyle choices than family history.
5. Did the result of your experiment support your hypothesis? Why or why not? Based on your experiment, what conclusion can you draw about the relationship of age and gender to group blood pressure averages? Yes. Blood pressure tends to increase with age and males are generally more susceptible to having high blood pressure.
6. During the course of your experiment, did you obtain any blood pressure readings that were outside of the normal range for the group being tested? What did you notice on the medical...
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