A Few Thermometer Related Questions

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A Few Thermometer Related Questions

Postby waterdragon321 » January 12th, 2019, 3:40 pm

Hey, Science Olympiad! I had a few questions related to my thermometer and measurements.


1. Are we allowed to use our own thermometer?
2. If 1. is correct, are we allowed to use a thermometer with a digital reading & thermo-couple?
3. Do our temperature readings and predictions include decimal points?
4. Does the thermometer stay in the device during the experiment?

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Re: A Few Thermometer Related Questions

Postby carefreepenguin » January 12th, 2019, 3:41 pm

Interesting question. +1!

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Re: A Few Thermometer Related Questions

Postby MattChina » January 12th, 2019, 3:47 pm

waterdragon321 wrote:Hey, Science Olympiad! I had a few questions related to my thermometer and measurements.


1. Are we allowed to use our own thermometer?
2. If 1. is correct, are we allowed to use a thermometer with a digital reading & thermo-couple?
3. Do our temperature readings and predictions include decimal points?
4. Does the thermometer stay in the device during the experiment?

Thank you!

1. Yes
2. yes
3. it depends what thermometer the es uses, but i think they would use ones with decimal points.
4. It could, depending on Event Supervisor.
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Re: A Few Thermometer Related Questions

Postby satvik03 » February 19th, 2019, 6:36 pm

1. Yes, you can use your own thermometer to make your prediction, but the ES uses his or her own thermometer to record source temperature and end temperature.
2. Yes
3. Yes, everything is rounded to nearest tenth
4. Normally no
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Re: A Few Thermometer Related Questions

Postby C8H10N4O2! » February 19th, 2019, 7:35 pm

For number 4, is the answer really usually not?
I've competed in this event several times now. About half the time, the thermometer stayed in the device the entire time--the ES had usually managed to acquire labquests, so that they could set the collection time, and have a volunteer start the thermometer the second we got the water. I have found that when this didnt happen, your time was slightly off, sometimes by as much as 4 minutes which is a difference of a degree or two, and can easily mess up my prediction.

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Re: A Few Thermometer Related Questions

Postby UTF-8 U+6211 U+662F » February 19th, 2019, 7:36 pm

C8H10N4O2! wrote:For number 4, is the answer really usually not?
I've competed in this event several times now. About half the time, the thermometer stayed in the device the entire time--the ES had usually managed to acquire labquests, so that they could set the collection time, and have a volunteer start the thermometer the second we got the water. I have found that when this didnt happen, your time was slightly off, sometimes by as much as 4 minutes which is a difference of a degree or two, and can easily mess up my prediction.

I never had a competition where they did this last year. Since they added the rule with the cotton ball this year, it doesn't really make sense to keep the thermometer in in my opinion.
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Re: A Few Thermometer Related Questions

Postby olhs4n6 » February 19th, 2019, 7:40 pm

UTF-8 U+6211 U+662F wrote:
C8H10N4O2! wrote:For number 4, is the answer really usually not?
I've competed in this event several times now. About half the time, the thermometer stayed in the device the entire time--the ES had usually managed to acquire labquests, so that they could set the collection time, and have a volunteer start the thermometer the second we got the water. I have found that when this didnt happen, your time was slightly off, sometimes by as much as 4 minutes which is a difference of a degree or two, and can easily mess up my prediction.

I'd never had a competition where they did this last year. Since they added the rule with the cotton ball this year, it doesn't really make sense to keep the thermometer in in my opinion.


I've also never had this happen. I'm lucky enough that my coach runs thermo at invites/regionals, and I've made sure that she knows how important time is. They use multiple stopwatches, and have 2 LabQuests to measure at the end of your time interval. At OH state tournament last year they had no idea how to time, and left the thermometer in the whole time. I guess it depends in the ES...


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