Technical Problem Solving

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Re: Technical Problem Solving

Postby Flavorflav » February 19th, 2009, 3:18 am

adam124218 wrote:I would doubt that there would be calculus, at least on regionals tests. Many event coordinators will assume that the average person in this event isn't going to have taken calculus (even though they probably have) and will exclude it. At state when motion detectors can be used, they may have probeware that can take data for velocity and acceleration. I would only say there would be about a 10-20 percent chance of calculus.

I would say 0% - 1% that calc would be required at NY States and at nationals. Of course, sometimes you can use calc when it isn't required, but I would give long odds that they are not going to write an event which requires calculus.

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Re: Technical Problem Solving

Postby rocketchicka » February 24th, 2009, 7:15 am

We got 2nd at regionals. It was fun and I knew most of the stuff on the test. It was things like calculating trajectory and volume and things like that.
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Re: Technical Problem Solving

Postby Glacierguy1 » February 24th, 2009, 6:19 pm

Calculating volume of what?
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Re: Technical Problem Solving

Postby jazzy009 » February 24th, 2009, 6:59 pm

at the lake conference comp for us the test was extremely filled with physics. written by a physics teacher, we later found out. Is it this "physics-filled" elsewhere or did we just get a somewhat odd test?
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Re: Technical Problem Solving

Postby Flavorflav » February 25th, 2009, 2:16 am

jazzy009 wrote:at the lake conference comp for us the test was extremely filled with physics. written by a physics teacher, we later found out. Is it this "physics-filled" elsewhere or did we just get a somewhat odd test?

Somewhat odd, I think, but it depends a lot on who writes it. It's a pretty wide-open event.

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Re: Technical Problem Solving

Postby rocketchicka » February 25th, 2009, 7:09 am

Glacierguy1 wrote:Calculating volume of what?


The volume of a chunk of quartz using one method and a wooden cylinder using another.
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Re: Technical Problem Solving

Postby fee6 » February 28th, 2009, 7:30 pm

Ours was much more difficult. There was lots of pretty advanced physics, but I think we did pretty well. Results pending.

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Re: Technical Problem Solving

Postby Flavorflav » March 1st, 2009, 7:32 am

fee6 wrote:Ours was much more difficult. There was lots of pretty advanced physics, but I think we did pretty well. Results pending.

Could you be any more specific? Like, what kind of physics? Also, what tournament was it?

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Re: Technical Problem Solving

Postby fee6 » March 2nd, 2009, 9:33 pm

Flavorflav wrote:
fee6 wrote:Ours was much more difficult. There was lots of pretty advanced physics, but I think we did pretty well. Results pending.

Could you be any more specific? Like, what kind of physics? Also, what tournament was it?

Regionals - there was an easy one about experimentally determining coefficient of kinetic friction, then a harder one about resolving a big brain hurting complex DC circuit, then finally one asking you to calculate gravitational potential using two masses with given spherical coordinates.
Looking back, it wasn't that hard, but you would have had to take Physics B or C before probably.
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Re: Technical Problem Solving

Postby Valpo Towers and Trebs » March 4th, 2009, 7:54 pm

So I take back what I said about probably not needing calculus in this event because on the regional test I took last saturday for a few of the problems it said specifically that you had to use calculus to solve them. We got them, but I felt bad for the younger ones in the room because that's not exactly fair to them.
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Re: Technical Problem Solving

Postby Flavorflav » March 5th, 2009, 8:17 am

I do not think that it is in keeping with the spirit of the event to require calculus.

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Re: Technical Problem Solving

Postby tad_k_22 » March 5th, 2009, 8:46 am

Agreed, but there should be problems where calculus would get you a quicker answer, but it should not be necessary.
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Re: Technical Problem Solving

Postby soroco120 » March 7th, 2009, 6:51 pm

Yeah I had a tournament today, and did really badly, especially in this event. Does anybody have any tips on improving/practicing this event?
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Re: Technical Problem Solving

Postby Freak of Science » March 20th, 2009, 8:08 am

Technical Problem Solving (at least, by my knowledge of two invitationals) is a combination of high level Chemistry and Physics-related math, as well as a commercial for Texas Instruments (analyzing data from a TI-81 Calculator attachment, ect.).

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Re: Technical Problem Solving

Postby ahage16 » March 23rd, 2009, 4:22 pm

Competed in this on Saturday. It seemed ridiculously easy, but we ended up getting 14th. Since there are no specifics on scoring, I'd imagine it was all very close at the top because there was nothing complicated involved. Some things we had to calculate: Density, gravitational acceleration using a pendulum, average weight of candy, volume change in gas at different temperatures, and something else I don't remember :D


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