I did this event my Freshman year and was one my first experience with science olympiad. Exciting to be doing it again this year now with an actual Chem and Physics background! To study what I am doing is taking notes based on the rules and then taking those notes to construct an organized binder. The difficulty from this event I don't think comes from the material being particularly difficult more that it is just that most competitors do not know anything about the subject and have to start learning from scratch. From Freshman year I remember that the tests are basically a good mix of chemistry stuff and then physical stuff that both relate to materials. Also, you should expect to complete a lab of some sort based off some of the more common physical properties.Hi! I've never done materials science before and I haven't received the rules yet... I've also heard it was a difficult lab event as well. What are the best ways to study for this event, and also to help other people on the team as well?
Wind Power, Anatomy, Invasive Species, Materials Science, Optics, Entomology, Cell Biology, Fossils, Experimental Design, Protein Modeling
From what I can tell, this event is clearly chemistry-based (although materials science in itself is a combination of chemistry and physics), so I would start with an AP Chemistry book, stressing the chapter on solid structure. In the chapter, it should go over most of the solid-state chemistry that you need for this event (hcp, ccp, body/face centered) and most textbooks go into ceramics, composites, polymers, and metal bonding so you should be fine with the chemistry aspect. I recommend Tro's Chemistry and Zumdahl's (although Zumdahl is less user friendly but much more common). Make sure that the book is AP or college level, since most high school textbooks only go into body-centered and simple cubic shapes.I, like other people on here, have never done materials science before (actually never done science olympiad at all before) and was curious what is the best way to go about this event?
I can't really find many practice tests and have no clue where to even begin studying- nevermind the lab part (how does that work?).
Any suggestions or anything?
Looked over the table of contents for that textbook and I can say the topics are for sure relevant in that book. You could learn this same information thought from some google searches. Having put a decent amount of time into this event I can say that you can learn most of the topics in the textbooks from other sources like lecture notes, websites or other random places on the web. Overall, yes those textbook chapters seem relevant but maybe look at other options before spending money on the book or get it from a library.Would chapter 3, 6, 8, 12, 14, 16 of this textbook cover all lf part a/b in the rules?
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