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Re: Remote Sensing C

Postby zyzzyva980 » February 3rd, 2017, 3:09 pm

Yeah, I realize sometimes they ask you things that are really hard to know, like for example they could ask you about which bands on a certain sensor test NIR wavelength. The only way to get that right would be to have all the bands laid out, and that's not going to happen for every satellite.
I haven't taken a close look at the rules this year, but unless that's a specific satellite they're emphasizing this year, that's just a bad question. I know I'd never include that on my tests. Your focus when studying shouldn't be on hyper-specific, esoteric details. Because remote sensing is such a unique process, your goal when studying for this event should be to amass a solid foundation of understanding the process, and a good test should have you build off that foundation and apply what you know in new and different real-world scenarios.

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Re: Remote Sensing C

Postby Unome » February 3rd, 2017, 3:28 pm

hyper-specific, esoteric details.
cough MIT cough (the satellite, exact altitude of the satellite, and swath width of ASTER?)
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Re: Remote Sensing C

Postby windu34 » February 3rd, 2017, 8:24 pm

Does anyone have a reliable souce for types of orbits? There are lots of conflicting sources and some use Geo-synchronous and Geo-stationary synonymously
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Re: Remote Sensing C

Postby zyzzyva980 » February 4th, 2017, 11:12 am

hyper-specific, esoteric details.
cough MIT cough (the satellite, exact altitude of the satellite, and swath width of ASTER?)
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Re: Remote Sensing C

Postby hearthstone224 » February 5th, 2017, 5:25 pm

Yeah, I realize sometimes they ask you things that are really hard to know, like for example they could ask you about which bands on a certain sensor test NIR wavelength. The only way to get that right would be to have all the bands laid out, and that's not going to happen for every satellite.
I haven't taken a close look at the rules this year, but unless that's a specific satellite they're emphasizing this year, that's just a bad question. I know I'd never include that on my tests. Your focus when studying shouldn't be on hyper-specific, esoteric details. Because remote sensing is such a unique process, your goal when studying for this event should be to amass a solid foundation of understanding the process, and a good test should have you build off that foundation and apply what you know in new and different real-world scenarios.

Anyway, if you ever take one of my tests, don't worry about rote memorization ;)
I'm just curious as to what you mean when you say understanding a solid foundation. I've kind of been studying by looking at the rules and googling each subject, and also doing practice tests. Is this good enough? Surprisingly it was enough to win an invitational- but I think the test at regionals will be better structured.

Some of the questions on the invitational test was straight off a test I did on the wiki. That might've been why I did so well.
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Re: Remote Sensing C

Postby Unome » February 5th, 2017, 5:54 pm

straight off a test I did on the wiki
In my experience, this is common in Remote. I don't know how regionals are in IL. In my years in Div B Georgia invitationals tended to have better tests, but it's the opposite in Div C; invitationals tend to have low-quality tests.
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Re: Remote Sensing C

Postby hearthstone224 » February 20th, 2017, 6:38 pm

straight off a test I did on the wiki
In my experience, this is common in Remote. I don't know how regionals are in IL. In my years in Div B Georgia invitationals tended to have better tests, but it's the opposite in Div C; invitationals tend to have low-quality tests.
Hm, I think that maybe the supervisors just don't feel like coming up with new questions. They wouldn't do this at regionals though, would they?

Just in case they do though, I'm going through most of the old practice tests on the wiki :)
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Re: Remote Sensing C

Postby Unome » February 21st, 2017, 4:55 am

straight off a test I did on the wiki
In my experience, this is common in Remote. I don't know how regionals are in IL. In my years in Div B Georgia invitationals tended to have better tests, but it's the opposite in Div C; invitationals tend to have low-quality tests.
Hm, I think that maybe the supervisors just don't feel like coming up with new questions. They wouldn't do this at regionals though, would they?

Just in case they do though, I'm going through most of the old practice tests on the wiki :)
I don't know how it is in Illinois, but over here invitationals are generally better-run than regionals.
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Re: Remote Sensing C

Postby hearthstone224 » February 21st, 2017, 9:11 am

Wow. I would think opposite since Regionals are what really matters, right? Invitationals kind of are just there for practice.

Anyways, nice to know. I'm going through the Pennsylvania State Test 2013, since that was the test which the directions were straight out of.
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Re: Remote Sensing C

Postby zyzzyva980 » February 21st, 2017, 3:11 pm

In a lot of cases, invitationals tend to be better-run than regionals because invitationals have higher levels of competition. Regionals will often bring into play a bunch of schools with skeleton programs who can't field a full roster and/or never go to invites. I'd surmise that most invitationals are only out-run by the top regional competitions in the country.
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