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by ReBobville
February 26th, 2018, 9:44 pm
Forum: 2018 Regionals & States
Topic: Pennsylvania 2018
Replies: 373
Views: 49271

Well here we go again- another season of regionals coming beginning in PA starting with SE (as usual...) With that in mind, here is some advice from an old guy: 1) Reread the rules for your events. Do the day before you compete. Make sure you know them and don't mess them up when you compete- no sup...
by ReBobville
April 29th, 2017, 10:43 pm
Forum: 2017 Study Events
Topic: Meteorology B
Replies: 51
Views: 9951

Re: Meteorology B

Note sheet configurations often depend on personal preference. I preferred to avoid having my text smaller than size 6 (7 if possible), just because I felt that past that point, I was spending too much energy trying to locate/see information. Often this meant deleting pieces of information I didn't...
by ReBobville
April 27th, 2017, 8:50 pm
Forum: 2017 Invitationals, Regionals, and States
Topic: Pennsylvania 2017
Replies: 399
Views: 59103

Re: Pennsylvania 2017

Second, There is no evidence of a true improvement at regionals for Eagle View. Their invitational performance is good but not enough to overtake the experience of Bala Cywnyd, Shady Side, Springhouse, and Strath Haven. 2016: 1st place, 109 points 2017: 1st place, 65 points, with the addition of a ...
by ReBobville
April 23rd, 2017, 10:18 pm
Forum: 2017 Study Events
Topic: Astronomy C
Replies: 169
Views: 43672

Re: Astronomy C

So why is it that sun-like stars form a degenerate helium and core but significantly higher-mass stars don't? (or is the helium flash unrelated to this?) It all has to do with mass. Smaller stars are not large enough to generate the pressure required to initiate helium fusion once the hydrogen is e...
by ReBobville
April 8th, 2017, 9:32 pm
Forum: 2017 Study Events
Topic: Reach for the Stars B
Replies: 20
Views: 6634

Re: Reach for the Stars B

Which websites are good for getting the images of DSOs. There are so many different images at each wavelength.
When I competed I would typically dedicate one note sheet just to DSO images. Wikipedia is a good place to start but also dig through NASA databases, and telescope sites (Chandra, etc.).
by ReBobville
April 3rd, 2017, 4:28 pm
Forum: 2017 Study Events
Topic: Astronomy C
Replies: 169
Views: 43672

Re: Astronomy C

I've also heard that the values were different and unrelated (though I tend to stick with 1.4 for most tests since that's what usually gets the points). I wonder if the rotation of the object has anything to do with it? When a star is rotating rapidly, its centrifugal pseudo-force would have an eff...
by ReBobville
March 4th, 2017, 2:02 pm
Forum: 2017 Invitationals, Regionals, and States
Topic: Pennsylvania 2017
Replies: 399
Views: 59103

Re: Pennsylvania 2017

Keep an eye on Strath Haven (C) for States though, they often make a big charge for that tournament. In 2016 they went from 6th-171 (Regionals) to 4th-173 (States). Correct me if I'm wrong but I'm pretty sure 9th place doesn't qualify for state in SE C this year (or most years really). My bad, I ha...
by ReBobville
March 3rd, 2017, 11:38 pm
Forum: 2017 Invitationals, Regionals, and States
Topic: Pennsylvania 2017
Replies: 399
Views: 59103

Re: Pennsylvania 2017

Keep an eye on Strath Haven (C) for States though, they often make a big charge for that tournament. In 2016 they went from 6th-171 (Regionals) to 4th-173 (States).
by ReBobville
May 22nd, 2014, 7:42 pm
Forum: General Competition
Topic: Science Olympiad Stories
Replies: 198
Views: 19937

Re: Science Olympiad Stories

A few years ago (2010-2011) we were at the regional awards ceremony. They were calling the placing for meteorology, and me and my partner got 4th. We were happy, but some of the other team members were rather surprised, as my partner had won the event at nationals the year before (it was my first ye...
by ReBobville
May 7th, 2014, 8:51 pm
Forum: 2014 Study Events
Topic: Geologic Mapping C
Replies: 78
Views: 25729

Re: Geologic Mapping C

Sorry, I meant the PA States test! It's somewhat odd to say but I'm glad other people found the test as weird as we did... I thought that the PA state test was fine. It was definitely somewhat heavy on concepts, and lacked problem solving (No Steronet, 3 point, etc.) However, I did like the interpr...

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