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by AlphaTauri
October 13th, 2015, 8:03 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Most "predictive" event?
Replies: 8
Views: 1252

Re: Most "predictive" event?

I did this analysis a while ago for a few years of PA States (Div C) -- the link is here if anyone wants to check it out. The statistics I used were pretty basic, a chi-square test for association/independence and the r^2 value of overall place vs. event place (because I am not a statistician and th...
by AlphaTauri
October 12th, 2015, 1:19 pm
Forum: Posting Games
Topic: Your Daily Random Comment
Replies: 23890
Views: 1295042

Re: Your Daily Random Comment

I can't wait for my fall break... currently dying to two midterms in the same day and SO MANY MEETINGS this week.

I guess the first midterm wasn't bad, but the second one (physics -- relativity & thermo) is in about 45 minutes and it's gonna be interesting...
by AlphaTauri
October 11th, 2015, 7:21 pm
Forum: 2016 Study Events
Topic: Reach for the Stars B
Replies: 37
Views: 7986

Re: Reach for the Stars B

Does anyone know if the tests will be done in a planetarium or using star maps? I'm not sure what you mean by planetarium, but we got star maps often when I competed. It depends on the competition, but (inflatable) planetariums are certainly a possibility, as you get to actually navigate the sky an...
by AlphaTauri
October 3rd, 2015, 12:01 pm
Forum: 2016 Question Marathons
Topic: Astronomy C
Replies: 88
Views: 10298

Re: Astronomy C

Correct. Your turn.

Btw, if you're curious about how exoplanetology as a whole has influenced the core-accretion theory, check out this article: http://www.nature.com/news/astronomy-pl ... os-1.15480
by AlphaTauri
October 2nd, 2015, 2:30 pm
Forum: 2016 Question Marathons
Topic: Astronomy C
Replies: 88
Views: 10298

Re: Astronomy C

Incorrect. Anyone else want to try?

Please try to keep questions relevant to this year's topics and rules. Also, note that Astronomy is a Div C event and the level of the questions in the QM should reflect that.
by AlphaTauri
October 2nd, 2015, 7:38 am
Forum: 2016 Question Marathons
Topic: Astronomy C
Replies: 88
Views: 10298

Re: Astronomy C

Black holes are not part of the event for this year, since the topics are star & planet formation and exoplanets. But I'll answer it anyway...|A black hole is a massive compact object that warps spacetime so much that its escape velocity is greater than the speed of light, thus appearing &qu...
by AlphaTauri
October 1st, 2015, 5:23 pm
Forum: Posting Games
Topic: Your Daily Random Comment
Replies: 23890
Views: 1295042

Re: Your Daily Random Comment

Agreeing with Alpha Tauri, Michael Crichton will be your best bet. The guy had (he has since passed away) a Harvard med degree, and his books are extremely well researched. Especially checkout Timeline . Timeline is indeed good. It's a bit of a strange mix of sci-fi and historical fiction, but it d...
by AlphaTauri
September 25th, 2015, 12:07 pm
Forum: Wind Power B/C
Topic: Wind Power B/C
Replies: 351
Views: 53780

Re: Wind Power B/C

One of these things (please don't tell me you've never seen one):

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by AlphaTauri
September 22nd, 2015, 10:32 am
Forum: Posting Games
Topic: Your Daily Random Comment
Replies: 23890
Views: 1295042

Re: Your Daily Random Comment

2. I need a new book to read. Does anyone have any suggestions (preferably well-written non-fiction and anything but YA)? If you're interested in cryptography, there's a book entitled The Code Book by Simon Singh about the history and development of codes and codebreaking. Or, if you haven't alread...
by AlphaTauri
September 18th, 2015, 2:56 pm
Forum: Wind Power B/C
Topic: Wind Power B/C
Replies: 351
Views: 53780

Re: Wind Power B/C

Hi everyone, the last time I checked the wiki, it mentioned (recommended) modifying the cd's size so that it has less drag. On the Wind Power page, "alteration of the CD is a good idea..." But the rules states "modification of the CD Is not allowed, except to affix the blades". ...
by AlphaTauri
September 18th, 2015, 7:45 am
Forum: Posting Games
Topic: Your Daily Random Comment
Replies: 23890
Views: 1295042

Re: Your Daily Random Comment

Great post about a lab explosion in a chemistry lab... https://www.reddit.com/r/tifu/comments/3lb11d/tifu_by_making_and_detonating_a_bomb_at_school/ The story we're told in lab safety is that someone died in the 1970's from injuries caused by an explosion from mixing waste containers. I wonder if t...
by AlphaTauri
September 14th, 2015, 7:47 am
Forum: Posting Games
Topic: Your Daily Random Comment
Replies: 23890
Views: 1295042

Re: Your Daily Random Comment

EastStroudsburg13 wrote:
samlan16 wrote:
syo_astro wrote:Under assumption this is a serious question, then I will add that you should look at Skink's posts and search "coach" :P. Also, yeah, I'm alive too. Also, astro the best.

#sarcasm #youdontgetit

Oh, syo gets sarcasm. Believe me... :roll:

Tell me about it... >.>
by AlphaTauri
September 9th, 2015, 7:44 pm
Forum: 2016 Lab Events
Topic: Forensics C
Replies: 88
Views: 17632

Re: Forensics C

Does anyone have any tips for identifying the different polymers? What do the supervisors provide you with to help with identification? I really have no clue what is going on in this area of the event. All help will be greatly appreciated! :D Most of them can be done based on density, so I'd get re...
by AlphaTauri
September 8th, 2015, 10:27 am
Forum: Posting Games
Topic: Your Daily Random Comment
Replies: 23890
Views: 1295042

Re: Your Daily Random Comment

+1: Didn't think I would upvote an answer that mostly looked like the poster had fallen asleep on his keyboard Hah, that's pretty great. And it's actually kind of an interesting question to consider. In other news -- first day of classes, woot. I'd honestly forgotten how much walking I do on a dail...

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