Body Temperatures Based on the sample results in Data Set 3 “Body Temperatures” in Appendix B, assume that human body temperatures are normally distributed with a mean of 98.20°F and a standard deviation of 0.62°F.
a. According to emedicinehealth.com, a body temperature of 100.4°F or above is considered to be a fever. What percentage of normal and healthy persons would be considered to have a fever? Does this percentage suggest that a cutoff of 100.4°F is appropriate?
b. Physicians want to select a minimum temperature for requiring further medical tests. What should that temperature be, if we want only 2.0% of healthy people to exceed it? (Such a result is a false positive , meaning that the test result is positive, but the subject is not really sick.)