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by OldSpice
November 17th, 2012, 11:47 am
Forum: 2013 Invitationals, Regionals, and States
Topic: New York 2013
Replies: 512
Views: 52083

Re: New York 2013

So my team is planning on competing in the Capital District Invitational this January, and we will also compete in regionals, and we don't have a doubt that we will go to states. However, I have a problem. As captain, I work with the two other captains to try and fit everyone into events, and the i...
by OldSpice
November 5th, 2012, 8:46 am
Forum: 2013 Build Events
Topic: Robot Arm C
Replies: 425
Views: 49745

Re: Robot Arm C

For first comment, usual statement about this being an opinion, not official clarification, blah, blah. Height task is the last scorable thing you do, but you don't have to get all other points FIRST. It does require a scorable ping pong ball of course. Strategy comments. Since the first tie breake...
by OldSpice
November 4th, 2012, 7:43 pm
Forum: 2013 Build Events
Topic: Robot Arm C
Replies: 425
Views: 49745

Re: Robot Arm C

Most teams struggle to complete as many tasks as they can in the allotted time. One problem I've run into practicing is simply knocking the ping pong ball out of play rendering it unusable. This means that a lot of teams will not even get to the height task. And for teams that use up all 3 minutes,...
by OldSpice
November 3rd, 2012, 6:31 pm
Forum: 2013 Study Events
Topic: Fermi Questions Marathon
Replies: 37
Views: 10683

Re: Fermi Questions Marathon

Alright, so sunlight hits the earth at a rate of about 100 W per square foot, a foot is 3E1 cm, a square foot is 9E2 cm^2 or 9E-2 m^2. The earth's radius is 6E6 m, 4*pi*(6E6)^2 is ~4E14 m^2. If we say half the earth is receiving direct sunlight at a given time then 2E14 m^2 receive sunlight, and th...
by OldSpice
November 3rd, 2012, 3:09 pm
Forum: 2013 Study Events
Topic: Fermi Questions Marathon
Replies: 37
Views: 10683

Re: Fermi Questions Marathon

Alright, so sunlight hits the earth at a rate of about 100 W per square foot, a foot is 3E1 cm, a square foot is 9E2 cm^2 or 9E-2 m^2. The earth's radius is 6E6 m, 4*pi*(6E6)^2 is ~4E14 m^2. If we say half the earth is receiving direct sunlight at a given time then 2E14 m^2 receive sunlight, and th...
by OldSpice
November 3rd, 2012, 2:50 pm
Forum: 2013 Build Events
Topic: Robot Arm C
Replies: 425
Views: 49745

Re: Robot Arm C

Our team this year is practically calling the 'height task' (unofficially coined term) the tiebreaker for this year. It is probably going to negate ties at competition altogether. That's what the height task was intended to be. Last year there was a lot of controversy over the # of motors -> docume...
by OldSpice
March 25th, 2012, 6:10 pm
Forum: 2012 Build Events
Topic: Robot Arm C
Replies: 531
Views: 64810

Re: Robot Arm C

bearasauras wrote:Why can't the wires of the motors touch the ground?
Wow that was a derp. For some reason I was thinking of the base of the arm touching outside of the arm square.
Yeah wires can touch outside of the arm square.
by OldSpice
March 25th, 2012, 6:00 pm
Forum: 2012 Build Events
Topic: Robot Arm C
Replies: 531
Views: 64810

Re: Robot Arm C

If there are 5 motors on the robot, but I decide that at the competition, I only need to use 3 of them, do I need to remove the motors entirely or can i simply disconnect them. I am using a vex system. I will also submit a clarification. In addition to this, are the wires of the motors allowed to l...
by OldSpice
March 24th, 2012, 2:53 pm
Forum: 2012 Build Events
Topic: Robot Arm C
Replies: 531
Views: 64810

Re: Robot Arm C

I know previously someone posted about 4 arms that had the potential to get perfect scores at a regional in Ohio, but to those have you who have attended state competitions, how many perfect scores were there?
by OldSpice
March 7th, 2012, 4:41 pm
Forum: 2012 Build Events
Topic: Robot Arm C
Replies: 531
Views: 64810

Re: Robot Arm C

FAQs can't be used as rules clarifications, but they can be used for informational purposes ahead of time. Also, on the official soinc website, the FAQ mentions nothing about the base. 03/02/2012 - 15:36 Are there any penalties if any part of your device falls off into the competition area or becom...

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