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Re: Solar System B

Posted: April 29th, 2011, 11:44 am
by brobo
How the event is ran and who runs it is completely dependent on the state you're in.

Re: Solar System B

Posted: May 8th, 2011, 4:28 pm
by ricehero
Does anybody think the nationals test is going to be as messed up as it was last year?

Re: Solar System B

Posted: May 8th, 2011, 5:13 pm
by Epicfail21
Hopefully not, but just be prepared for anything
Good luck to all of you doing Solar System out there

Re: Solar System B

Posted: May 8th, 2011, 5:41 pm
by fishman100
I'd actually assume so, knowing that they have a whole topic on geography in the rules (I think).
And good luck to all, also :)

Re: Solar System B

Posted: May 11th, 2011, 8:59 pm
by germinator
geography?? ??
of.. like.. other planets/moons?

Re: Solar System B

Posted: May 12th, 2011, 5:55 am
by rfscoach
geography?? ??
of.. like.. other planets/moons?
pretty sure fishman100 meant "geology" as in planetary geology not geography. The nationals test last year was heavy on geology/ remote sensing. My team loved it. They came out raving about the awesome map. The thing is, I had that Mars map and a couple different Mars based tests that we never used because I thought Mr. Winter wouldn't go with the Mars theme again ( that's what it was the last time Solar System cycled through). Oh well, my guys still pulled off 9th place.

Re: Solar System B

Posted: May 12th, 2011, 5:07 pm
by fishman100
Lol yeah, Geology :P

This year, the rules states that you have to demonstrate knowledge of "Geologic characteristics of planets, dwarf planets, Gaseous planets (bold = new to this year)" etc.

And congrats on the 9th place! Last year, we weren't at Nats but we took the test...do you know where to find the Martian Map???

Re: Solar System B

Posted: May 13th, 2011, 2:20 pm
by rfscoach
Lol yeah, Geology :P

This year, the rules states that you have to demonstrate knowledge of "Geologic characteristics of planets, dwarf planets, Gaseous planets (bold = new to this year)" etc.

And congrats on the 9th place! Last year, we weren't at Nats but we took the test...do you know where to find the Martian Map???
You can download it online from here:

http://pubs.usgs.gov/imap/i2782/

Or order the full size printed maps from here:

http://store.usgs.gov/b2c_usgs/catalog/ ... 00756)/.do

Re: Solar System B

Posted: May 13th, 2011, 7:04 pm
by germinator
OOOOOOH. i get it now
thanks

Re: Solar System B

Posted: May 27th, 2011, 11:15 am
by fishman100
So.

What did you all think of this year's nats test?

We thought it was easy. Yet somehow we got 30th????

Re: Solar System B

Posted: May 27th, 2011, 11:39 am
by rfscoach
So.

What did you all think of this year's nats test?

We thought it was easy. Yet somehow we got 30th????
What were some highlights of the test? Was it themed again this year?

Re: Solar System B

Posted: May 27th, 2011, 2:56 pm
by fishman100
So.

What did you all think of this year's nats test?

We thought it was easy. Yet somehow we got 30th????
What were some highlights of the test? Was it themed again this year?
Unlike last year's test, pretty much no geology.

The test was split up into 3 parts: 1) Resonance lab, 2) Reading comprehension, and 3) short answer.

there was no major theme but part 1 had 4 "plates", aka images to read.

the short answer part was basic questions like "The search for planet X was initiated because of which planet's gravitational attraction", etc. (I think i actually combined 2 questions there :P)

Re: Solar System B

Posted: June 8th, 2011, 2:32 pm
by Cheesy Pie
Jupiter is so massive (for the solar system) that it has enough pressure to make hydrogen an oily liquid. Saturn does too, but not as much.

Re: Solar System B

Posted: June 15th, 2011, 7:20 pm
by rfscoach
A little summer prep for RFS (Reach for the Stars) - the July issue of of Scientific American has a nicely detailed 2 page H-R Diagram. Check it out.

Re: Solar System B

Posted: June 15th, 2011, 7:47 pm
by Cheesy Pie
One: scientific american is commonly an oxymoron outside of scioly.
Two: I don't suscribe 2 it.
Three: can you send a link to the diagram if possible?