A study by researchers at the University of Maryland addressed the question of whether the mean body temperature of humans is 98.6◦F. The results of the study by P. Mackowiak et al. appeared in the article "A Critical Appraisal of 98.6◦F, the Upper Limit of the Normal Body Temperature, and Other Legacies of Carl Reinhold August Wunderlich" (Journal of the American Medical Association, Vol. 268, pp. 1578-1580). Among other data, the researchers obtained the body temperatures of 93 healthy humans, which we provide on the WeissStats CD. Use the technology of your choice to do the following.
a. Obtain a normal probability plot, boxplot, histogram, and stem-and-leaf diagram of the data.
b. Based on your results from part (a), can you reasonably apply the one-mean z-test to the data? Explain your reasoning.
c. At the 1% significance level, do the data provide sufficient evidence to conclude that the mean body temperature of healthy humans differs from 98.6◦F? Assume that σ = 0.63◦F.

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