Technical Problem Solving C

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Re: Technical Problem Solving C

Post by rocketchicka » December 18th, 2009, 11:54 am

All I'm doing is listening hard in my chemistry class. Right before the competition I might skim through last year's bio notes.
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Re: Technical Problem Solving C

Post by walkingstyx » January 30th, 2010, 9:16 pm

Did anyone else notice that the test for 2004 nationals and 2009 nationals were EXACTLY the same? It was called practical data gathering back then, but all of the labs are identical. Does anyone have a copy of the 2003 and earlier tests, to see if those are the same too?
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Re: Technical Problem Solving C

Post by jazzy009 » January 31st, 2010, 8:33 am

walkingstyx wrote:Did anyone else notice that the test for 2004 nationals and 2009 nationals were EXACTLY the same? It was called practical data gathering back then, but all of the labs are identical. Does anyone have a copy of the 2003 and earlier tests, to see if those are the same too?
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Re: Technical Problem Solving C

Post by walkingstyx » January 31st, 2010, 11:26 am

So can we expect the exact same test this year too? That seems kind of ridiculously biased to those who purchased tests from previous years or schools that have gone to nationals for a long time, not to mention that it is just bad test writing. I know there has been a general trend towards easier events in Scio, but testing an event that is supposed to rely on ingenuity with a test that some of the contestants are already aware of and can in fact find detailed descriptions of how to solve online easily? That really makes no sense.
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Re: Technical Problem Solving C

Post by jborgman » February 21st, 2010, 2:11 pm

Do I need to learn how to use all the different cbls and computer interfaces? Our school uses PASCO interfaces to computers with datastudio. Do I need to learn others or are there instructions?

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Re: Technical Problem Solving C

Post by Flavorflav » February 22nd, 2010, 9:45 am

There will be instructions, but it couldn't hurt to be familiar with them.

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Re: Technical Problem Solving C

Post by walkingstyx » February 23rd, 2010, 11:40 pm

Considering that Science Olympiad has a partnership with Texas Instruments, you probably want to be familiar with TI calculators and Vernier Labpro Probes.
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Re: Technical Problem Solving C

Post by andrewbji » February 27th, 2010, 1:22 pm

One of the standard questions for Tech Problem Solving for us has been find the number of atoms from in a plate made of some element. How exactly do you find that? Assuming you know the volume of plate, atomic radius of the plate, atomic mass of the element, weight of the plate, weight of 1 mol of the element? I thought I could just divide the weight of the plate by the atomic weight, but I guess not.
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Re: Technical Problem Solving C

Post by Flavorflav » March 1st, 2010, 9:57 am

andrewbji wrote:One of the standard questions for Tech Problem Solving for us has been find the number of atoms from in a plate made of some element. How exactly do you find that? Assuming you know the volume of plate, atomic radius of the plate, atomic mass of the element, weight of the plate, weight of 1 mol of the element? I thought I could just divide the weight of the plate by the atomic weight, but I guess not.
If it's elemental, it should be Mass of plate (g)/mass of element (amu)= # of moles. Multiply that by Avogadro's number and that's your answer. If they are really giving you a weight rather than a mass you'll have to convert that first (F/g).

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Re: Technical Problem Solving C

Post by smarticle13 » March 4th, 2010, 5:16 pm

what do you do in this event?
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