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by gneissisnice
March 14th, 2019, 6:53 pm
Forum: Study Events
Topic: Water Quality B/C
Replies: 183
Views: 24933

Re: Water Quality B/C

I have been having an issue with my salinometer. I only made three marks for 0, 5, and 10 percent salinity solutions, but they were all only a few millimeters apart. What can I do to make my marks more spread out? Also, if the beaker that I make my salinometer in is a different size than the beaker...
by gneissisnice
January 22nd, 2019, 10:14 am
Forum: Study Events
Topic: Fossils B/C
Replies: 312
Views: 28137

Re: Fossils B/C

Hi again! Under 34) Subclass Ammonoidea, there's (Goniatite, Ceratites, Ammonites). Do you think we should have information on those specifically? Also, thanks to everyone who replied to my previous questions! :) You should be able to identify those suture types, and I'd say that you also want to b...
by gneissisnice
December 17th, 2018, 6:52 am
Forum: Study Events
Topic: Water Quality B/C
Replies: 183
Views: 24933

Re: Water Quality B/C

I've seen some references to electronic salinometers. Are those actually allowed by the rules?

It say "Teams must build, calibrate, bring and demonstrate a salinometer/hydrometer."

Does it count as building if you use an electronic one?
by gneissisnice
October 16th, 2018, 11:56 am
Forum: Lab Events
Topic: Codebusters C
Replies: 173
Views: 19240

Re: Codebusters C

Any tips on solving monoalphabetic ciphers? Also, can you get a good score without a team member who knows Spanish? Keep an eye out for common words. Frequently appearing three-letter words are commonly "the" or "and", so trying to figure those out can be a good starting point. ...
by gneissisnice
October 15th, 2018, 6:33 pm
Forum: Study Events
Topic: Fossils B/C
Replies: 312
Views: 28137

Re: Fossils B/C

So I was studying a bit and noticed that the classes for the brachiopods on sites contradict what it says on the list. It says that inarticulata and articulata have been superceded by what I assume to be lingulata and rhynchonellata. If I were asked on a test to give the classes of one of these spe...
by gneissisnice
February 27th, 2018, 11:08 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Is Science Olympiad worth it?
Replies: 215
Views: 35102

Re: Is Science Olympiad worth it?

Wow, got a notification that I was mentioned in a comment and that was a blast from the past, I wonder why someone is digging up comments from 7 years ago. I was maybe a bit unnecessarily mean in that, funny to see things have changed in those years, haha. I've learned how to identify trolls better,...
by gneissisnice
December 20th, 2017, 10:28 am
Forum: 2018 Study Events
Topic: Rocks & Minerals B/C
Replies: 195
Views: 33393

Re: Rocks & Minerals B/C

Quick mineral question- Our minerals list has two entries under "Feldspar Potassium" which are Amazonite/Microcline and Orthoclase/Microcline. I keep finding Microcline as its own separate mineral... Can someone explain why Orthoclase and Microcline are together on our list? (and Amazonit...
by gneissisnice
December 13th, 2017, 4:09 pm
Forum: 2018 Study Events
Topic: Ecology B/C
Replies: 91
Views: 14300

Re: Ecology B/C

whats the difference between R and K R-selected species have lots of young at once, don't tend to raise their young, reproduce often, and usually have a quick maturation. They excel in high change environments by just pumping out tons of babies and hoping that some survive. Examples include insects...
by gneissisnice
December 8th, 2017, 10:53 am
Forum: 2018 Study Events
Topic: Rocks & Minerals B/C
Replies: 195
Views: 33393

Re: Rocks & Minerals B/C

Thanks for your opinion but I was looking at past tests and there's usually like 20 stations so thats like 2-3 mins at each, how the heck are you supposed to both ID and answer like 5 follow up questions in that time? Also if you mess up the ID you're pretty much done for. How are you guys making s...
by gneissisnice
December 8th, 2017, 10:45 am
Forum: 2018 Study Events
Topic: Remote Sensing C
Replies: 153
Views: 14521

Re: Remote Sensing C

Alex-RCHS wrote:Is it Wein's Law, or Wien's Law? The rules spell it -ei-, but almost every source I've found has it -ie-.


I'm pretty sure it's Wien's Law, probably a typo in the rules.
by gneissisnice
December 7th, 2017, 11:00 am
Forum: 2018 Study Events
Topic: Rocks & Minerals B/C
Replies: 195
Views: 33393

Re: Rocks & Minerals B/C

Thanks, does anyone know any good websites for just rocks (specifically rocks)? Personally, I find that it's less useful to have pages devoted to each rock than it is for minerals. Rocks aren't as distinct and rigid in their compositions so there's a lot more ambiguity about certain details. I woul...
by gneissisnice
October 4th, 2017, 5:14 pm
Forum: 2018 Regionals and States
Topic: New York 2018
Replies: 215
Views: 28101

Re: New York 2018

The other trial events are out: Parasitology B/C and Science Quiz Bowl B/C Parisitology could replace herp? Man, it better not. We have SO many events in that rotation already: Herpetology -> Ornithology -> Forestry -> Entomology -> Invasives The addition of Invasives was already excessive, now we ...
by gneissisnice
September 26th, 2017, 5:33 pm
Forum: 2018 Regionals and States
Topic: New York 2018
Replies: 215
Views: 28101

Re: New York 2018

http://www.newyorkscioly.org/tournaments/comp_events/ "Duct Tape Challenge" for both division B and C ... Seems awfully similar to Mystery Architecture. On one hand, it's disappointing that there's not much interesting new science content to learn. On the other hand, it seems like it'll b...
by gneissisnice
September 19th, 2017, 4:58 pm
Forum: 2018 Regionals and States
Topic: New York 2018
Replies: 215
Views: 28101

Re: New York 2018

Source: http://www.newyorkscioly.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/NYSSO-BOD-POLICIES-PROCEDURES-Event-Selection-Adopted-2017-09-09.pdf For anyone who's interested Huh, that's a pleasant surprise. Regionals too, not just States. It always seemed weird to me that our trial events counted towards the sc...
by gneissisnice
September 18th, 2017, 4:57 am
Forum: 2018 Study Events
Topic: Herpetology B/C
Replies: 469
Views: 38704

Re: Herpetology B/C

I noticed that it says "or" rather than "and" in reference to a binder and field guide. In previous taxonomy competitions I believe both have been allowed simultaneously; teams would be allowed to have a binder AND a field guide. Why the change? I'm guessing the national committ...

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