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Keep the Heat B/Thermodynamics C

Postby Jim_R » August 14th, 2012, 6:04 pm

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Re: Keep the Heat B/Thermodynamics C

Postby siciscio » September 3rd, 2012, 8:36 am

Any thoughts on how the rules will/has changed for Keep the Heat? ;)
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Re: Keep the Heat B/Thermodynamics C

Postby iwonder » September 3rd, 2012, 8:42 am

Probably a new scoring method and dimension changes. I could dream of allowing more materials, but I doubt it.
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Re: Keep the Heat B/Thermodynamics C

Postby siciscio » September 3rd, 2012, 8:49 am

Yeah thats whats mostlikely going to happen. But do you think theres a chance they'd change the guidelines/rules about the test? a bit more of information maybe? :roll:
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Re: Keep the Heat B/Thermodynamics C

Postby iwonder » September 3rd, 2012, 8:50 am

Oh, I have no idea what they'd do to the test, I think it's going to end up being the same thing, honestly.
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Re: Keep the Heat B/Thermodynamics C

Postby harryk » September 3rd, 2012, 9:06 am

Unless they outlined exactly what could be tested, then I would expect it to be the same
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Re: Keep the Heat B/Thermodynamics C

Postby Skink » September 3rd, 2012, 10:18 am

Yeah thats whats most likely going to happen. But do you think theres a chance they'd change the guidelines/rules about the test? a bit more of information maybe? :roll:
In other words, you found last year's rules too vague. I'd agree to a degree, but too clearly defined rules wouldn't work for this event since you get a binder. Theoretically, you can hole punch sections of thermo textbooks and bring them in your binder (I'm not saying this would be effective...refer to Dr. Chalker's photo of the giant binder), so having less well-defined test topics like 'thermodynamic processes' is better than if it listed three for you to know and have in your binder.
And the rest actually weren't bad. Temperature conversions is clear...I suppose the history one was vague, yeah. That's where coming prepared for anything may help. Yeah, I'm not anticipating this section to be reworded at all, unfortunately.

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Re: Keep the Heat B/Thermodynamics C

Postby havenbro » September 3rd, 2012, 3:15 pm

Yeah thats whats most likely going to happen. But do you think theres a chance they'd change the guidelines/rules about the test? a bit more of information maybe? :roll:
In other words, you found last year's rules too vague. I'd agree to a degree, but too clearly defined rules wouldn't work for this event since you get a binder. Theoretically, you can hole punch sections of thermo textbooks and bring them in your binder (I'm not saying this would be effective...refer to Dr. Chalker's photo of the giant binder), so having less well-defined test topics like 'thermodynamic processes' is better than if it listed three for you to know and have in your binder.
And the rest actually weren't bad. Temperature conversions is clear...I suppose the history one was vague, yeah. That's where coming prepared for anything may help. Yeah, I'm not anticipating this section to be reworded at all, unfortunately.
I'm just going to say that I agree that the rules were vague last year: there was an entire page on the building rules, then only a small paragraph at the end describing the test rules.
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Re: Keep the Heat B/Thermodynamics C

Postby foreverphysics » September 5th, 2012, 10:17 am

I'm really excited for this year--I think we can medal at Nats this year. We came in tenth last year, and that was only because our device was completely ruined the night before and I had to make a new one in the space of 30 minutes.

I like the test rules as they are...except that all the tests are exceptionally easy, even at Nats. I think there was maybe one question that my partner and I had trouble with, and we figured it out all right in the end. (I think we only placed tenth because our prediction was about 10 degrees Celsius lower than what our actual temperature was...)
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Re: Keep the Heat B/Thermodynamics C

Postby Paleomaniac » September 5th, 2012, 6:56 pm

One thing I was seriously hoping would change was the way the actual testing of the "box" was done. There were many sources of error and that really reduced the accuracy of the measurement of the box's insulating capabilities. This was a big thing last year. Anyone else notice???
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