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Post by Jazzy09 » September 11th, 2009, 7:10 pm

Paradox21 wrote:Ours sort of got destroyed on the trip home from nationals (but it's better than having it messed up on the way there) and we never bothered to take pictures because it is such a simple design. It was a box, about 1.5 feet tall with a pendulum in it. Believe it or not, we were approaching perfect scores with it. I intend to make a new one once I get a look at the new rules that will hopefully add a bit more consistency (and durability). I will post some pictures if it ends up being any good.
It's still usable, I didn't mess it up as bad as I thought I did. And the state test had 10, not 8, multiple choice questions
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Re: It's About Time C

Post by GoldenKnightB » September 12th, 2009, 4:52 am

Any major changes in this event? We have not received our rules yet? Thanks.

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Post by Jazzy09 » September 12th, 2009, 9:06 pm

no major changes, just small ones, like you can use an electronic scale and the device doesn't have to be impounded
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Re: It's About Time C

Post by physicsphan » September 14th, 2009, 9:02 am

Jazzy09 wrote:no major changes, just small ones, like you can use an electronic scale and the device doesn't have to be impounded
The device still needs to be impounded.

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Re: It's About Time C

Post by Paradox21 » September 14th, 2009, 1:03 pm

physicsphan wrote:
Jazzy09 wrote:no major changes, just small ones, like you can use an electronic scale and the device doesn't have to be impounded
The device still needs to be impounded.
The time keeping device needs to be impounded, the 3-ring binder, calculater, and writing utensils do not.
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Post by Jazzy09 » September 19th, 2009, 8:27 pm

Paradox21 wrote:
physicsphan wrote:
Jazzy09 wrote:no major changes, just small ones, like you can use an electronic scale and the device doesn't have to be impounded
The device still needs to be impounded.
The time keeping device needs to be impounded, the 3-ring binder, calculater, and writing utensils do not.
someone lied to me, its not my fault
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Post by saturnian » September 27th, 2009, 6:48 pm

I finally got my hands on the nationals test from last year... and was surprised at the type of questions that were asked: only four required any knowledge of physics (and this is a physics event). The rest were more of a Jeopardy-style. (For example, the frame rate for NTSC TV? Or the Harvest Moon?) And they always tell us that we're the future of the country.

I couldn't help but remember the following from Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 : ''Give the people contests they win by remembering the words to more popular songs or the names of state capitals or how much corn Iowa grew last year. Cram them full of non-combustible data, chock them so pigeon full of 'facts' they feel stuffed, but absolutely 'brilliant' with information. Then they'll feel they're thinking, they'll get a sense of motion without moving. And they'll be happy, because facts of that sort don't change. ''

Aren't we becoming just like that? If that's the future, it's scary.

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Post by manutd94 » September 27th, 2009, 7:02 pm

saturnian wrote:I finally got my hands on the nationals test from last year... and was surprised at the type of questions that were asked: only four required any knowledge of physics (and this is a physics event). The rest were more of a Jeopardy-style. (For example, the frame rate for NTSC TV? Or the Harvest Moon?) And they always tell us that we're the future of the country.

I couldn't help but remember the following from Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 : ''Give the people contests they win by remembering the words to more popular songs or the names of state capitals or how much corn Iowa grew last year. Cram them full of non-combustible data, chock them so butterfly full of 'facts' they feel stuffed, but absolutely 'brilliant' with information. Then they'll feel they're thinking, they'll get a sense of motion without moving. And they'll be happy, because facts of that sort don't change. ''

Aren't we becoming just like that? If that's the future, it's scary.
Those questions were pretty intense (I got the test as well in the summer) making for a challenging National final. Nevertheless, I think questions that hard are good because then it just shows how broad the best resources need to be in order to succeed in such an event. ;)
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Post by andrewwski » September 27th, 2009, 7:46 pm

saturnian wrote:I finally got my hands on the nationals test from last year... and was surprised at the type of questions that were asked: only four required any knowledge of physics (and this is a physics event). The rest were more of a Jeopardy-style. (For example, the frame rate for NTSC TV?
Duh, 29.97.

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Re: It's About Time C

Post by saturnian » September 28th, 2009, 6:27 am

Those questions were pretty intense (I got the test as well in the summer) making for a challenging National final. Nevertheless, I think questions that hard are good because then it just shows how broad the best resources need to be in order to succeed in such an event. ;)
I cannot believe any of you thought the test was hard. The only problem that I would consider of moderate difficulty is the one about time dilation. And the rest ... How hard is it to lookup facts? If you feel 'brilliant' by being able to google 'dog watch' and then spit it back on the test, you may enjoy that test. Frankly, I think the test was embarrassing for a National Science competition.

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