Dynamic Planet B/C

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Re: Dynamic Planet B/C

Postby RBears6 » May 21st, 2012, 6:08 pm

What did you guys think of the National DP test?
The C test was a nice test with a nice length and difficulty. I really like how there was no multiple choice on it, like last year, since I can't do multiple choice.
We ended up getting fourth even though we dropped a page of the test on the floor (pages 1 and 2) and didn't do it...
Sounds like a good test to me, with no mc and all.

Were there any questions that were really hard?
The division B test would have been a challenging test if you didn't know the concepts that were on it.
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Re: Dynamic Planet B/C

Postby mnstrviola » May 21st, 2012, 6:12 pm

Well, like, were there any specific questions you guys remembered that were interesting?

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Re: Dynamic Planet B/C

Postby RBears6 » May 21st, 2012, 6:25 pm

Well, like, were there any specific questions you guys remembered that were interesting?
Well ther were a couple of questions that asked for the elevation of the water table in an area and all it gave you was two numbers on top of each other. It was confusing at first and the It made more sense after you understood it.
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Re: Dynamic Planet B/C

Postby mnstrviola » May 21st, 2012, 6:27 pm

So were the numbers were heights in a well, or water table heights in two areas...?

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Re: Dynamic Planet B/C

Postby RBears6 » May 21st, 2012, 6:29 pm

So were the numbers were heights in a well, or water table heights in two areas...?
They represented water table elevation and water table depth. I believe that is what it was.
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Re: Dynamic Planet B/C

Postby TYG » May 21st, 2012, 8:15 pm

Personally I didn't like the division B test. It had only 50 questions and 40 being multiple choice. Additionally, there were ten questions (1/5th of the test) that was essentially just a poorly labelled black and white diagram... I might be being harsh about the event but comparing it with last years nationals test, it was far off in quality.

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Re: Dynamic Planet B/C

Postby BYHscioly » May 23rd, 2012, 7:21 pm

The question about the water gap confused me a little bit since I didn't know that term. After looking at the pictures I managed to figure out what it was and know how it was formed and such.

The topography map seemed hard, but my partner was doing that part, so I didn't really know how it was.

The averaging of the flood values wasn't hard, but particularly time-consuming, since I had to borrow a calculator and I kept on missing decimal points or adding signs when I plugged the value in. Probably wasted 10 minutes on that.

This test wasn't particularly hard as long as you knew the material. It was straightforward; the main challenge was the length. Despite not looking at our notes except for getting the equations to use, we barely finished the test (minus the page that we dropped on the ground).

I also liked how the test used real-world data instead of just theoretical problems.
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Re: Dynamic Planet B/C

Postby gneissisnice » May 26th, 2012, 7:49 am

Personally I didn't like the division B test. It had only 50 questions and 40 being multiple choice. Additionally, there were ten questions (1/5th of the test) that was essentially just a poorly labelled black and white diagram... I might be being harsh about the event but comparing it with last years nationals test, it was far off in quality.
Ugh, bad diagrams are the worst.

When I did Glaciers, we'd often have terrible diagrams and were asked to identify different features of a glacier but we could barely tell what the arrows were even pointing to (they'd often appear either to be pointing all at the same place, or to not be pointing at anything at all).
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Re: Dynamic Planet B/C

Postby BYHscioly » June 3rd, 2012, 1:28 pm

Does anyone know how many points the C test was? And how many points page 2 was (we dropped that page on the floor and didn't do it - it had the longitudinal profile of a river and stuff)? Does anyone know the scores of the top 6 teams too?

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Re: Dynamic Planet B/C

Postby BYHscioly » June 3rd, 2012, 1:30 pm

Additionally, does anyone have a copy of the test (C)?
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