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Postby Jim_R » August 25th, 2013, 7:49 pm

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Re: Solar System B

Postby mrburrito » August 29th, 2013, 4:00 pm

I have a really good feeling about this event. This is going to be what I'm remembered for.
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Re: Solar System B

Postby ScienceOlympian » August 29th, 2013, 7:10 pm

mrburrito wrote:I have a really good feeling about this event. This is going to be what I'm remembered for.

Me too.
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Re: Solar System B

Postby PicturePerfect » August 29th, 2013, 11:21 pm

Where can I find the rules for this event?
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Re: Solar System B

Postby Skink » August 30th, 2013, 5:20 pm

PicturePerfect wrote:Where can I find the rules for this event?

Welcome back! Nobody here can give you the rules. You have to get them from your coach after registration and all that. If it helps, the vast majority of us don't have rules. You'll know once we do because folks will start posting snippets of the rules. ;) I can add that this event was last in rotation three (maybe four?) seasons ago, so check the Wiki page linked in the first post. That'll keep you busy, and I'd expect the topics to be close to whatever's currently there.

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Re: Solar System B

Postby ckssv07 » September 7th, 2013, 9:55 am

Skink wrote:
PicturePerfect wrote:Where can I find the rules for this event?

Welcome back! Nobody here can give you the rules. You have to get them from your coach after registration and all that. If it helps, the vast majority of us don't have rules. You'll know once we do because folks will start posting snippets of the rules. ;) I can add that this event was last in rotation three (maybe four?) seasons ago, so check the Wiki page linked in the first post. That'll keep you busy, and I'd expect the topics to be close to whatever's currently there.

It was last an event in the 2010-2011 season, when Nationals was at Wisconsin-Madison.

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Re: Solar System B

Postby rfscoach » September 18th, 2013, 6:38 pm

Wow. No comments yet on the massive revamping of Solar System since we saw it last in 2010/2011? I am surprised.
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Re: Solar System B

Postby ckssv07 » September 18th, 2013, 7:26 pm

rfscoach wrote:Wow. No comments yet on the massive revamping of Solar System since we saw it last in 2010/2011? I am surprised.

Honestly, I don't like the new rules at all.

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Re: Solar System B

Postby sciolymom » September 26th, 2013, 1:56 pm

We were pretty shocked at how limited the scope seems to be. Surely you would still have to have general solar system knowledge, right? How can the SUN not even be on the list of objects for the SOLAR SYSTEM????
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Re: Solar System B

Postby rfscoach » September 26th, 2013, 5:49 pm

sciolymom wrote:We were pretty shocked at how limited the scope seems to be. Surely you would still have to have general solar system knowledge, right? How can the SUN not even be on the list of objects for the SOLAR SYSTEM????

One could argue that the rules include knowing the formation of the solar system due to Part II b.i. History of and formation processes for specific formations above. However, I think the rule was meant to exclude that....

I think it is unfortunate that the rules exclude all the background information that is needed before you even start to cover these topics, and excludes the main object that will be used as an example for the processes happening on the solar system bodies that are included. The event used to follow an undergrad solar system/astronomy class. Now it will be more like a 3rd year special topics class. While I think it will be fun to teach, I think that it will be rare to find a good test, especially for those of us in states where most competitions are held on college campuses and proctored by professors, who are accustomed to pulling an old test out of their class files and making a few adaptations.
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Re: Solar System B

Postby sciolymom » September 27th, 2013, 10:17 am

rfscoach wrote:I think it is unfortunate that the rules exclude all the background information that is needed before you even start to cover these topics, and excludes the main object that will be used as an example for the processes happening on the solar system bodies that are included.


Yes, this. I'm wondering if we will see any clarifications. Last year RFS was general knowledge about the objects with a FOCUS on EMS. You would suspect a similar plan this year, but the rules certainly don't seem to represent that.


Especially because of what you mentioned about the tests, there is no way we can skip covering general solar system information. You just KNOW the tests will likely have that information, plus the ice and water info thrown in. Besides, as you mentioned, you can't really understand the more specific information without covering the basics.
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Re: Solar System B

Postby embokim » October 29th, 2013, 1:26 pm

I am looking forward to this event. I don't really get the part B of this event :!: I will be the best! Ha! Ha! Ha!
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Re: Solar System B

Postby Epicness101 » October 30th, 2013, 1:06 pm

Wait, wait, wait. So we get a single planet, a handful of moons, a dwarf planet, two asteroid belts, the Oort Cloud, and that's it? No Sun, no Saturn? Nothing on the origins of the Solar System?
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Re: Solar System B

Postby rfscoach » October 30th, 2013, 5:15 pm

Epicness101 wrote:Wait, wait, wait. So we get a single planet, a handful of moons, a dwarf planet, two asteroid belts, the Oort Cloud, and that's it? No Sun, no Saturn? Nothing on the origins of the Solar System?


YUP.
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Re: Solar System B

Postby Epicness101 » October 31st, 2013, 1:05 pm

rfscoach wrote:
Epicness101 wrote:Wait, wait, wait. So we get a single planet, a handful of moons, a dwarf planet, two asteroid belts, the Oort Cloud, and that's it? No Sun, no Saturn? Nothing on the origins of the Solar System?


YUP.



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