Hey guys, do you think going through previous years tests and trying to understand the material would be a good idea?
I didn't see any previous conversation on how the test has changed, so what do you all think about that?
I'm not super familiar with past tests, but I can't imagine they are not at least very similar in terms of content. Materials science is pretty standard as a field at this level.
Just wondering, do we have to learn calculus for this event? I'm a junior, so I take calculus next year, but I noticed that derivatives are used to determine creep while differentials are used to determine viscosity. In other words, do we have to compute numerical for creep or viscosity, or are we going to be required to qualitatively determine them (for example, listing liquids in order of increasing viscosity)?
They will probably not have you use pure calculus. However, they may well give you a set of hypothetical experimental data, and say "find the creep of this material based on the data". So you're not taking a mathematical derivative per se, but you're taking the rate of change for different intervals, which falls more under the sort of algebra that is typically required for Division C, even though it's technically based on calculus.