Hello, my name is Dominic and I am a tank engineer. One day I was contacted by a company to design a tank to withstand landmines.
I agreed. But while i was looking through the data they sent over, I noticed a phenomenon. One new metal, that if the data was correct, would withstand twice as many mines as steel. This seemed implausible, so I asked myself a question: Is this data true?
I then did my own research and developed a hypothesis as follows: if the metal is 12" thick, then it should withstand twice as many mines as steel at the same thickness. So I tested it.
When I conducted my tests, I found that steel withstood four mines, but the new metal (on average) only withstood five. (See graph 1)
I then developed my model which is as follows. Though the new metal is superior to steel, the data I received was flawed. Also, now that I look at the data, I see that there are many outliers and the constants were not kept, thus resulting in flawed data.
I then proceeded to send my model to some of my fellow engineers so they could take an unbiased look at it and do their own tests When they got back to me, they had come to the same conclusions I had.