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Medical Blood Plasma. Let x be the variable that represents the pH of the arterial plasma (i.e. acidity of the blood). For healthy adults, the mean of the x distribution is = 7.4. A new drug for arthritis has been developed. However it is thought that this drug may change blood pH. A random sample of 31 patients with arthritis too the drug for 3 months. Blood tests show the average pH to be xbar = 8.1 with a sample standard deviation s = 1.9. Use a 5% level of significance to test the claim that the drug has changed (either way) the mean pH level of blood.

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