It's About Time C

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Re: It's About Time C

Postby saturnian » February 25th, 2010, 5:09 pm

what are the most told questions in the Its about time event? please give me straight answer. thanks:)
genesys, i don't think anyone can give you more info than we already did. The questions don't usually repeat (unless event supervisors reuse the test from last year), and, if you go through this thread, you will see the topics that most of us encountered on tests. From here on, you have to do some of your own legwork. This is as straight answer as it goes.

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Re: It's About Time C

Postby genesys » March 1st, 2010, 12:43 pm

what information did you already give me???:?

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Re: It's About Time C

Postby Primate » March 1st, 2010, 2:56 pm

what information did you already give me???:?
Take a look at my post and those following it--it details what you'll likely see. Unfortunately, each and every test is unique. The Science Olympiad organization doesn't provide standardized tests to event coordinators; instead, it's up to each invitational, regional, and state director to create their own. Thus, your best bet is to do as much research as possible on the topics mentioned above. I have a binder of almost 100 pages of information--it's just not something that we can explain to you over these forums. Sorry!

Good luck with your research.
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Re: It's About Time C

Postby keul9993 » March 4th, 2010, 9:30 pm

Does anyone know if it is really 80cm^3 for the size of the time device?

80cm^3 is like 4cm *4cm*4cm

isn't that really small?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tAVd14V9uSU

the ones in this video is so much larger than that

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Re: It's About Time C

Postby Primate » March 5th, 2010, 2:44 am

Does anyone know if it is really 80cm^3 for the size of the time device?

80cm^3 is like 4cm *4cm*4cm

isn't that really small?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tAVd14V9uSU

the ones in this video is so much larger than that
Haha, it's not that the volume of the device has to be 80cc or less. Rather, the entire device has to fit inside an 80cm cube, or a cube with dimensions 80cm x 80cm x 80cm. You'll probably find that a tad easier to work with.
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Re: It's About Time C

Postby Chikuwa » March 7th, 2010, 6:55 pm

Hey! I'm new to this event, and I'm still a little confused on the test.

How do you recommend my partner and I to do the test- Should we split it in half and work on it separately? If so, how do we share the binder in an effective manner? (we had trouble on this during regionals.)

Also, how long are most people's binders? What method of organization did you find best?

If anyone has done this event more than once- do you often see random trivia based on time in tests? On our regional test, there was a question on the incubation period of H1N1, and we had no idea. If so, how do you suggest to prepare for these sorts of things?

Thanks! :) Any information at all would be great.

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Re: It's About Time C

Postby texan92 » March 7th, 2010, 8:25 pm

hey i was wondering what everybody was using for the rod of their pendulum. im using fishing line right now but i was thinking about changing over to a metal rod, in order to increase accuracy and stability. however, the problem i see is that the metal rod must be precisely cut in order to have a certain period (say 1 sec). with fishing line, it is easier to calibrate the device and adjust any changes to the period (due to traveling, etc) as needed.

any thoughts on using metal rods?

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Re: It's About Time C

Postby walkingstyx » March 7th, 2010, 9:31 pm

If you use a metal rod and have a period that is not exactly one second, you can just count the number of oscillations and multiply it by the period. This is a little more time consuming, but you have a minute in between each time trial. If you think it would help with stability and accuracy, don't worry about having an exact period.
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Re: It's About Time C

Postby Arabesque » March 8th, 2010, 7:17 am

During competitions, are the time trials generally started using three beeps or one? At Mentor this year it was only one, but all of the other competitions we've been to have been three.

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Re: It's About Time C

Postby Bogoradwee » March 8th, 2010, 5:14 pm

During competitions, are the time trials generally started using three beeps or one? At Mentor this year it was only one, but all of the other competitions we've been to have been three.
They have to use three. it's part of the rules, isn't it? to use the official SO time trials? they're all available on the official site....
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