Sometimes, scientists use mathematics to investigate and uncover beautiful truths about the nature of the universe. Sometimes they just take craploads of data over and over again. This is one of those times.
|Instructions: Paint, Punch, Repeat.|
|My right hand, front and back, shown with a six inch ruler.|
Results:For now, I am not going to provide much analysis. Instead, I will provide the data with some commentary, and leave the analysis for a later date when I can provide more color with other metrics concurrently.
If you would like to examine the raw data (in the form of photos of the imprints), please contact me and I will be happy to share, although, if you have interest in this topic, I recommend you also replicate the results on your own and share your findings.
Conclusions:A lot of the strikes were within a standard deviation of each other, so not all differences we see may be meaningful, but for many strikes, the shape of the surface was more enlightening than the total area. Despite the small sample size, these results do allow for us to make some order-of-magnitude generalizations we could not make before:
- Boxing Gloves cover about twice the surface area MMA gloves do
- Boxing Gloves cover about three times the surface area bare knuckles do
- Punching a compressible target (like a person) results in four times the surface area compared to a rigid target (like wood or concrete).