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Re: Fast Facts B

Postby NeilMehta » September 7th, 2017, 4:15 pm

Notable changes:
1. A perfect score of 250 must be possible on every board (not sure if this is good or bad)
2. Participants are provided writing utensils from proctors and cannot bring any materials of their own
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Postby Skink » September 7th, 2017, 7:44 pm

NeilMehta wrote:1. A perfect score of 250 must be possible on every board (not sure if this is good or bad)

I'm being lazy by not looking at the rules right now, but doesn't that mean that they're not allowing blanks? That's bad.

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Postby OrigamiPlanet » September 7th, 2017, 9:20 pm

Skink wrote:
NeilMehta wrote:1. A perfect score of 250 must be possible on every board (not sure if this is good or bad)

I'm being lazy by not looking at the rules right now, but doesn't that mean that they're not allowing blanks? That's bad.

If by that you mean leaving boxes blank, then no, they're probably going to allow blanks, and this would be a good thing. It would be especially helpful to be able to get points that others couldn't, rather than having everyone just not get the point at all.
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Postby NeilMehta » September 8th, 2017, 3:04 am

OrigamiPlanet wrote:
Skink wrote:
NeilMehta wrote:1. A perfect score of 250 must be possible on every board (not sure if this is good or bad)

I'm being lazy by not looking at the rules right now, but doesn't that mean that they're not allowing blanks? That's bad.

If by that you mean leaving boxes blank, then no, they're probably going to allow blanks, and this would be a good thing. It would be especially helpful to be able to get points that others couldn't, rather than having everyone just not get the point at all.

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They're just making it so that it's possible to get a full board instead of before, when some boxes were unfillable
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Postby WhatScience? » September 9th, 2017, 12:05 pm

I do feel like this is a good thing so that competitors don't waste time on something that can not be answered. Plus, what is the point of a question you can not answer.
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Postby Jesusfather123 » September 15th, 2017, 11:58 pm

First time trying fast facts this year. How to prepare for this event? What are general topics they ask?

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Postby NeilMehta » September 17th, 2017, 10:35 pm

Jesusfather123 wrote:First time trying fast facts this year. How to prepare for this event? What are general topics they ask?

The event draws upon topics from pretty much every field of science, so it's very important to have a high level of general knowledge.
Common topics include:
-Human bones
-Scientific phenomena
-Stars
-Constellations
-Rocks/Minerals
-Physical properties
-Units of measurement
-Famous scientist
-Nobel prize winner for [science category]
-Programming languages
-Diseases
-Elements

This is just a short list, and there are countless possibilities for topics. Therefore, a good way to prepare is to prepare for all of your other study events in the first place, as those terms from other events can often show up in a fast facts test. In addition, one method is to come up with a chart with as many topics as possible, and to study the chart and try to memorize every single category. This event has an extremely high skill cap, so there's always room for practice and improvement.
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Postby SPP SciO » September 18th, 2017, 7:02 am

Jesusfather123 wrote:First time trying fast facts this year. How to prepare for this event? What are general topics they ask?


Strategies - get some large index cards, make one for as many categories as you can. On the back, fill out A-Z as best you can. You'll always find ways to improve.

Also, do timed practice runs as frequently as you can. It's easy if you've got a stack of cards ready and you can randomly draw a few, and you can get creative with letter dice. If you shave off 30 seconds or a minute from the time allowed for a practice run, the extended time at the competition will feel luxurious.
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Postby whovian11 » September 18th, 2017, 12:43 pm

What is the most common topic you've seen?

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Postby OrigamiPlanet » September 18th, 2017, 1:07 pm

whovian11 wrote:What is the most common topic you've seen?

With what I've seen with "most common," the most frequent one that I keep noticing is "Famous Scientists."
This category has a few different rules than the other categories, as it not only asks for the first and surname, but it is the surname that must match with the letter. Say it is "F," you would put Enrico Fermi; although you have the first name in there as well, Fermi is the name that matters. However, some test makers prefer really specific topics while others go a little more broad, so it really just depends.
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Postby Tailsfan101 » September 18th, 2017, 3:33 pm

OrigamiPlanet wrote:
whovian11 wrote:What is the most common topic you've seen?

With what I've seen with "most common," the most frequent one that I keep noticing is "Famous Scientists."
This category has a few different rules than the other categories, as it not only asks for the first and surname, but it is the surname that must match with the letter. Say it is "F," you would put Enrico Fermi; although you have the first name in there as well, Fermi is the name that matters. However, some test makers prefer really specific topics while others go a little more broad, so it really just depends.

Keep in mind that you will not receive points for just the last name. Say the letter is 'T'; you cannot simply put 'Tesla', you would have to put 'Nikola Tesla'.
Also, at both Idaho state and National competition, we have had the category of 'Female Scientists'. This just goes to show that categories can be rather vague, or very specific.
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Postby WhatScience? » September 26th, 2017, 6:02 pm

Elements from the periodic table do tend to show up.
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Postby CVMSAvalacheStudent » September 26th, 2017, 9:13 pm

WhatScience? wrote:Elements from the periodic table do tend to show up.

Which ones? Helium? Gold? Silver? Be specific.
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Re: Fast Facts B

Postby NeilMehta » September 26th, 2017, 10:02 pm

CVMSAvalacheStudent wrote:
WhatScience? wrote:Elements from the periodic table do tend to show up.

Which ones? Helium? Gold? Silver? Be specific.

Pretty much any element can show up...
I mean, every element does start with a letter. It matters more on what each competitor prefers to remember. For example, someone might rather remember Radium than Radon for R, but both are pretty valid
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