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The investigative task. Do housewives or working adults have a faster working pulse rate?

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The Investigative        


Investigate: Do housewives or working adults have a faster working pulse rate?

I am going to investigate this area of my investigative task topic, because I have always wondered this question, because when ever I want something after I come back from school they are always telling me they are tired so which one of them is more tired my mum the housewife or my father who is the working adult. Now there are many ways that you can investigate and find answers to this question like taking there pulse rates, or timing how long it takes them to do something and the one with the longest time would be the one most tired, but I have used the method of taking results of their pulse rate. I am using his method because it is the most easy and eligible one for me to carry out as a task.

I plan to find out the answer of this question, by taking results of many of my results, but halving the amount up so I would get possibly 8 relatives that work and 8 relatives that are housewives. I will record the results, then go further looking for pattern and finding the average pulse rate for each category, furthermore to make this topic more interesting and to spot patterns more easily I will put my results into a graph and then investigate further from that.

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The average Bpm for this table is average:80bpm

This is quantitative data and also primary data as I collected all the data myself.  I have used stratified sampling as I have got two categories in my table, housewives and the other category is working adults. But I haven’t only used stratified sampling I have also used a bit of convenience sampling because I have sampled the first person that either fits in one of my categories.

Now if I rearrange the data so everything is in order of size from biggest to smallest.

If you look carefully then you will be ableto see that there is a pattern in this table in every two pairs of numbers the units are adding on 1

Person              Bpm          

Peron 3           63bpm

Person 6          64bpm

Person 5         72bpm

Person 7         82bpm

Person 2         85bpm        for example person 3 and 6 work, person 8and 1

Person 4         86bpm

Person 8         88bpm

Person 1         81bpm

Now here is a table showing the results of my collected data of working adults pulse rate per min.

Person           Bpm               average pulse rate:

Person 1       63bpm                       67bpm

Person 2       69bpm      

Person 3       84bpm

Person 4       61bpm

Person 5       72bpm        

Person 6       54bpm

Person 7       67bpm

     Person 8       62bpm      

If I rearrange this in order of size from smallest to biggest it looks like this

I don’t think I can see any pattern in this table maybe there is a pattern but too complicated for me to know or see

Person          Bpm

Person 6    54bpm    

Person 4    61bpm    

Person 8    62bpm

Person 1    63bpm

Person 7    67bpm

Person 2    69bpm

Person 5    72bpm

Person 3    84bpm

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To make a general statement, I would say definitely that housewives have a higher pulse rate according to my results. But this can be changed, if the majority of working adults had a more active job, the average pulse rate could go up, but if housewives always stay like this and working adults do nothing about it then they would be the winners of the highest pulse rate. So I guess if any time my dad the working adult says he tired then I would say that my mum the housewife is even more tired.

To prove my statement and make my results even more reliable I have found some resources from the internet that also agree with my results.

This is a graph from the internet with just the house wives pulse rate. [above graph]image03.png


Here are results from someone else that I have found over the internet. But this one is better as it has results from years ago. This graph shows the results of people who have had really boring office jobs all these years. As you can see in the graph this graph matches my results with all the amount of boring jobs looks like that in future jobs may get better and the answer may change to my question. And if you look at the graph with the house wives you can see that the pulse rates are going down so here is another reason why my answer may change in a few years.

By Nilema \Nasrine.

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