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Does Gender Affect Resting Pulse Rate?

Does Gender Affect Resting Pulse Rate? | Science Fair Projects | STEM Projects
Are boys and girls different when it comes to their resting pulse rate? Let's find out! In this experiment, 25 seventh grade boys and 25 seventh grade girls will have their pulse rate taken three times over a five minute period. The results will be compared to see if there is a difference between the genders.


The hypothesis is that seventh grade females’ pulse rates will be higher than the males’ pulse rates.

Method & Materials

You will have 25 seventh grade male students and 25 seventh grade female students sit in chairs for three minutes. Then, you will take their pulse for 15 seconds three times over a five minute period. Finally, you will calculate the mean of the three trials and multiply it by four.
You will need 25 seventh grade male students, 25 seventh grade female students, two chairs, and a stopwatch or watch.


The results of the experiment showed that the b.p.m. of the females was in fact higher than the male b.p.m. by six beats. The overall female average was 85 b.p.m. and the overall for males was 79 b.p.m. This indicates that on average 7th grade females b.p.m. are 6 beats higher than the male b.p.m.

Why do this project?

This science project is interesting because it can help doctors understand healthy pulse rate levels in young adults. It can also help them identify any potential problems that a teenager might have.

Also Consider

Variations to consider include testing different age groups or testing athletes to see if their pulse rates are different.

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