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Re: Reach for the Stars B

Postby XJcwolfyX on Mon Apr 16, 2012 5:53 pm

Oh.
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Re: Reach for the Stars B

Postby JKrafsur on Wed Apr 18, 2012 10:33 pm

OK a quick question. I have some extra room on my cheat sheet for extra info. At regionals, half of the test was about stuff that wasnt on the rule sheet, and we got nearly all of it wrong (still got 2nd somehow :| ) I am just wondering what kinds of stuff you guys saw on your state tests. Our extra stuff was all about Astronomers and it was really weird. Any ideas?
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Re: Reach for the Stars B

Postby Epicfail21 on Thu Apr 19, 2012 1:09 am

JKrafsur wrote:OK a quick question. I have some extra room on my cheat sheet for extra info. At regionals, half of the test was about stuff that wasnt on the rule sheet, and we got nearly all of it wrong (still got 2nd somehow :| ) I am just wondering what kinds of stuff you guys saw on your state tests. Our extra stuff was all about Astronomers and it was really weird. Any ideas?

I would look at the rule sheet and look for items that you do know and that you don't know. Then add the stuff you don't know on to your cheat sheet.
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Re: Reach for the Stars B

Postby illusionofconfusion on Thu Apr 19, 2012 9:56 am

JKrafsur wrote:OK a quick question. I have some extra room on my cheat sheet for extra info. At regionals, half of the test was about stuff that wasnt on the rule sheet, and we got nearly all of it wrong (still got 2nd somehow :| ) I am just wondering what kinds of stuff you guys saw on your state tests. Our extra stuff was all about Astronomers and it was really weird. Any ideas?
They asked about astronomers? That's really weird... What kind of questions did they ask?
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Re: Reach for the Stars B

Postby starshine on Thu Apr 19, 2012 7:30 pm

JKrafsur wrote:OK a quick question. I have some extra room on my cheat sheet for extra info. At regionals, half of the test was about stuff that wasnt on the rule sheet, and we got nearly all of it wrong (still got 2nd somehow :| ) I am just wondering what kinds of stuff you guys saw on your state tests. Our extra stuff was all about Astronomers and it was really weird. Any ideas?


My event supervisor has a 4 page list on additions to the rules. My state competition is tomorrow and Saturday. Perhaps your event writer will ask similar questions, so get to know those topics.
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Re: Reach for the Stars B

Postby JKrafsur on Thu Apr 19, 2012 7:53 pm

illusionofconfusion wrote:
JKrafsur wrote:OK a quick question. I have some extra room on my cheat sheet for extra info. At regionals, half of the test was about stuff that wasnt on the rule sheet, and we got nearly all of it wrong (still got 2nd somehow :| ) I am just wondering what kinds of stuff you guys saw on your state tests. Our extra stuff was all about Astronomers and it was really weird. Any ideas?
They asked about astronomers? That's really weird... What kind of questions did they ask?


You know I thought they were odd as well. They were generally phrased something like this (just a made up example): This French astronomer in the 1700s was the first to generate equations to determine the distance to the nearest star using trigonometry and other common modern day mathematics. (Though I dont know if it was in the 1700s) And to make thing worse, there were like 20 questions on this junk.

Also thanks Starshine I will be sure to check it out
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Re: Reach for the Stars B

Postby AlphaTauri on Thu Apr 19, 2012 8:14 pm

Questions about astronomers on a Reach test isn't that unusual (for example, questions like "who discovered [DSO]?" or "who discovered [something important in our knowledge of stellar evolution]?" is fair game). And while questions like the ones you say you had aren't technically covered by the rules, SO space science events have a reputation for being very broad. So much so that the generally accepted studying technique for Astronomy is "study everything you think might possibly have a chance of being on the test, and then some" >.>

But for heavens' sake, you're allowed two double-sided pages of notes (which, might I say, is twice as many notes as they used to allow). Squish in some notes about astronomers or other stuff not specifically covered in the rules in the margins - extra info is your friend!
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Re: Reach for the Stars B

Postby ReBobville on Thu Apr 19, 2012 9:19 pm

In my experience, normally the astronomers will just be famous or have some special connection to something on the rules (EX: Charles Mesier). On tests, it seems like all of them have a lot of constellation stuff, so be sure you are ROCK SOLID on that info.

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Re: Reach for the Stars B

Postby sciencegeek999 on Thu Apr 19, 2012 10:31 pm

On my state test, the first section was where you would get to glance at a picture for ten seconds then write down what it is. Then, they go over it again for ten seconds each slide. The other sections were just normal questions.
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Re: Reach for the Stars B

Postby XJcwolfyX on Sun Apr 22, 2012 10:52 am

Science geek how did you end up doing at State?! I wonder if I was in the same room as you during the test :).
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Re: Reach for the Stars B

Postby Fossil Freak 25 on Thu Apr 26, 2012 12:42 pm

Hey, very site I go to for information on Spica, It contradicts what another site says. so, does anyone know what type of star Spica is?
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Re: Reach for the Stars B

Postby illusionofconfusion on Thu Apr 26, 2012 1:26 pm

Fossil Freak 25 wrote:Hey, very site I go to for information on Spica, It contradicts what another site says. so, does anyone know what type of star Spica is?

Well, Spica is a binary star system. Most sites seem to agree that the primary star is a subgiant/giant. The secondary star is main-sequence (well, the majority of sites agree about this). Someone correct me if I'm wrong.
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Re: Reach for the Stars B

Postby Cheesy Pie on Thu Apr 26, 2012 5:04 pm

A B0 giant and B4 sub giant, right?
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Re: Reach for the Stars B

Postby Fossil Freak 25 on Fri Apr 27, 2012 2:56 pm

Thanks :)
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Re: Reach for the Stars B

Postby starshine on Sun Apr 29, 2012 2:52 pm

Is there any chance for this to be a planetarium at Nationals? I'm wondering whether to bring red flashlights.
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