That may have been a tiebreaker. Adding 0.1 is a standard convention for a tiebreaker winner.At the last invitational, the team placing ahead of me scored high by 0.1 points-kinda crazy!
I'm curious , what was the lab at the Regional Competition?Supervised this event at a regional competition over the weekend - some advice and things to know based on the most common mistakes:
-Young's Modulus is a function of stress and strain. Stress is force/area and force is mass*acceleration. Strain is the change in length/original length. Stress does not have units of mass, and strain does not have units of distance. The other way around is not true either! You should know the units for stress and strain (or that strain doesn't have one)!
-When a term such as creep is defined for you, pay attention! If you didn't measure it correctly, or used the wrong units, that's easy points you lost! Read every question.
-Material classes - know how to classify items into them. Many teams got most of these wrong - know the difference between the material types, and common materials that fall into each.
-Crystal structures - the event specs specifically mention packing factor - so it'd be a good idea to know the common ones, and where they come from.
And general test taking tips - if it's multiple choice and there's no penalty for guessing...write down an answer! You'd think it'd be obvious, but more than one team left several multiple choice questions blank.
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