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Re: Astronomy C

Postby 49ers » April 18th, 2013, 12:39 pm

Is the Stefan-Boltzmann Law likely to come up on a test on the State level?
Also, are there any very reliable sites for researching some less common information on this year's DSOs that you maybe aware of at this moment?
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Re: Astronomy C

Postby AlphaTauri » April 18th, 2013, 3:25 pm

I don't think I've seen Stefan-Boltzmann on a PA States astro test (also, protip: the math questions are time-wasters since they're worth the same as any other question), but you should know it anyway; it's important and not very hard to use/understand.

As for "less common" info...arXiv is probably your best friend, because it's free access to actual full research papers that people have written, though you can also find papers elsewhere on the internet.
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Re: Astronomy C

Postby 49ers » April 19th, 2013, 4:24 pm

AlphaTauri wrote:As for "less common" info...arXiv is probably your best friend, because it's free access to actual full research papers that people have written, though you can also find papers elsewhere on the internet.


Would you suggest reading the full papers on this website, or would you suggest just looking at the brief summaries instead?
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Re: Astronomy C

Postby syo_astro » April 19th, 2013, 4:41 pm

49ers wrote:
AlphaTauri wrote:As for "less common" info...arXiv is probably your best friend, because it's free access to actual full research papers that people have written, though you can also find papers elsewhere on the internet.


Would you suggest reading the full papers on this website, or would you suggest just looking at the brief summaries instead?

I guess Alpha can answer this too. But you should also make sure you have all your pics and info that are basic are together too. I would say if you have time read more, if you don't skim and make quick notes. Also, remember, the DSOs can relate to the topic of the year (and pretty much all do in their own ways). That can be used to both learn about this year's topic and learn about the DSOs.
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Re: Astronomy C

Postby XJcwolfyX » April 23rd, 2013, 6:27 pm

What do you guys think the topic for next year will be? ;o
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Re: Astronomy C

Postby lmatkovic3 » April 23rd, 2013, 6:33 pm

That's the least of our worries at this point, lol.

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Re: Astronomy C

Postby foreverphysics » April 23rd, 2013, 7:58 pm

XJcwolfyX wrote:What do you guys think the topic for next year will be? ;o

The topic for next year is basically guaranteed to be variable stars.
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Re: Astronomy C

Postby XJcwolfyX » April 23rd, 2013, 7:59 pm

No stellar evolution? :(
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Re: Astronomy C

Postby syo_astro » April 23rd, 2013, 8:01 pm

I believe it is confirmed to be Variable Stars. BUT. The official title could be term stellar evolution as related to variable stars (really, that could be just as well "Stellar Evolution"). The topic of stellar evolution relates to many stars (in fact all stars...you know, it's the evolution...of stars), and variable stars will basically just be death to all of us as it encompasses effectively everything in the universe :). THIS'LL BE FUN.
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Re: Astronomy C

Postby XJcwolfyX » April 23rd, 2013, 8:13 pm

Could you send me a link where it is confirmed please?

Also, thanks for the quick answers everyone! ^_^
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Re: Astronomy C

Postby syo_astro » April 23rd, 2013, 8:37 pm

XJcwolfyX wrote:Could you send me a link where it is confirmed please?

Also, thanks for the quick answers everyone! ^_^

Earlier in the thread this was posted: http://www.aavso.org/science-olympiad-2012
Look around there, and you should find it (say if you have any problems, it may be on the 2013 scioly page).
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Re: Astronomy C

Postby AlphaTauri » April 27th, 2013, 4:57 pm

If Mr. Cicc (PA State writer) is reading this: Great test yesterday! I really can't express how awesome it was; I truly had fun taking it (or my sense of fun has been screwed up by 5 years of SO). I thought it was a nice variety of questions difficulty-wise, thought the math was a bit mind-boggling...my partner and I barely touched it due to time...

Also, will you be putting up this year's test up on the Exchange, and/or sharing the score distribution?
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Re: Astronomy C

Postby JCicc » April 27th, 2013, 6:16 pm

Thanks, AlphaTauri. The exam should be up on the test exchange soon, I already submitted it. Also take a look at my post in the Pennsylvania 2013 thread.

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Re: Astronomy C

Postby foreverphysics » April 27th, 2013, 6:29 pm

The test is up.
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Re: Astronomy C

Postby JCicc » April 27th, 2013, 6:37 pm

I'll need a ruling on the meme on the cover, as well.


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