space-egg wrote:In the rules, it says that we should study rocky bodies in the solar system. That mostly implies the terrestrial planets (and the asteroids/trojans/etc.) Does that also include icy moons, such as the Galilean moons? At invitationals and regionals, there weren't any questions on the rocky moons of the outer planets. But at state, 60% of the test consisted of Jupiter and Saturn's moons. Should I expect this topic to be a big part of the Nationals test?
No. You are not supposed to be studying ANY
of the terrestrial planets. Take a closer look at the rules. That, is what you need to be studying. If 60% of the test was on Jupiter and Saturn's moons, it was a bad test. The only moons that you should be studying are : Mimas, Phoebe, Earth's moon, and Charon.
This is in the rules: "Participants must be knowledgable about the history and geologic processes involved in the formation and evolution of Earth's moon and other rocky bodies of the solar system."
On every test I have taken, theere have been questions on the inner planets. Usually about their moons, geologic features, and formation. Even on the test exchange, many tests have in depth questions about the terrestrial planets.
Several of the tests on the test exchange are from past years, when inner planets were part of the rules. In addition, I suspect some supervisors are not aware of all of the rules changes, and have been including questions about bodies that are not laid out in the rules.
However, for nationals, you should expect that the test will follow the rules. Thus, you should expect no questions on terrestrial planets, aside from questions about the Earth relating to eclipses, tides, etc.