Events You Wish Science Olympiad Had

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Re: Events You Wish Science Olympiad Had

Post by Toms_42 » May 4th, 2014, 8:12 pm

I'm late for the party, but I actually DO wish scioly was more math heavy, but applicable math, not mathcounts style math. as in focusing more on Maxwell's equations in circuit lab (although that requires calc, which would probably be too much math) or focusing on the humidity conversions more in meteorology, which I always found to be the most interesting part of the event.

And no, I don't think conversions really counts as good "math." conversions take zero problem solving capability, so you end up spending time plugging things into a calculator rather than thinking about, say, how to solve a resistor network. frankly, I'm glad metric is gone next year, as everyone in it at my school uses it to justify wasting time saying they are "practicing estimation."
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Post by ceg7654 » May 4th, 2014, 8:29 pm

Certain applicable math, as long as it doesn't overpower the science in any event, would be good, I agree.
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Post by Toms_42 » May 4th, 2014, 8:47 pm

ceg7654 wrote:Certain applicable math, as long as it doesn't overpower the science in any event, would be good, I agree.
In a lot of science, math is a REALLY big part. circuit lab is a great example. half og the science IS math.
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Re: Events You Wish Science Olympiad Had

Post by VikP » May 23rd, 2014, 3:13 pm

It would be cool if SO had a computer science topic where general CS theory is asked about and actually programming (using language of choice) something there or beforehand and presenting to people. Somethin like that would be cool.
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Re: Events You Wish Science Olympiad Had

Post by Crazy Puny Man » May 24th, 2014, 11:52 am

Toms_42 wrote:
ceg7654 wrote:Certain applicable math, as long as it doesn't overpower the science in any event, would be good, I agree.
In a lot of science, math is a REALLY big part. circuit lab is a great example. half og the science IS math.
In certain events, of course. In events like Entomology...

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Post by zyzzyva980 » May 24th, 2014, 12:18 pm

You can ask plenty of math questions in entomology. Consider:
  • What percentage of its original legs does this insect still have?
  • How long would it take for the itsy-bitsy spider to climb up the water spout, assuming a constant rate of precipitation?
  • How many of these chocolate-covered ants can you eat in one minute?
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Re: Events You Wish Science Olympiad Had

Post by ceg7654 » May 24th, 2014, 1:30 pm

zyzzyva980 wrote:You can ask plenty of math questions in entomology. Consider:
  • What percentage of its original legs does this insect still have?
  • How long would it take for the itsy-bitsy spider to climb up the water spout, assuming a constant rate of precipitation?
  • How many of these chocolate-covered ants can you eat in one minute?
:lol: Looks like I've got some questions for the Ento competition team cutoff exams next year.
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Re: Events You Wish Science Olympiad Had

Post by AJTheGreat1729 » May 24th, 2014, 4:15 pm

XD

"Joe has fourteen assorted mantid instars in his palm. If, when he shows them to his mother, she screams and slaps six of them away, how many are left in Joe's palm?"
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Re: Events You Wish Science Olympiad Had

Post by plaid suit guy2 » May 24th, 2014, 11:19 pm

What is the probability that two of these slapped mantid instars were brown?

I don't even know what a mantid instar is.
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Re: Events You Wish Science Olympiad Had

Post by ceg7654 » May 25th, 2014, 4:48 pm

plaid suit guy2 wrote:What is the probability that two of these slapped mantid instars were brown?

I don't even know what a mantid instar is.
I think it's a stage in a mantid's life cycle? Like you can have a mantid in its first instar, second instar, etc.
Someone better than me at Ento correct me if I'm wrong.
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