Preliminary:Water Quality

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Re: Preliminary:Water Quality

Postby rfscoach » July 9th, 2011, 2:31 pm

geekychic13 wrote:I think that you shouldn't dedicate an entire event to water. There is no need. Water is one of the parts studied in the ecology event. In my state competition, there was six timed stations, and one was dedicated entirely to water.
It seems that they are taking out all the good events this year (ornithology, fossils, ECOLOGY,...)
I know some people may not agree with me, and may like staring at water better than studying the broad subject of ecology(jk, jk), so sry if I caused any offense, but I'd like it if maybe they shouldn't take out one of the more popular events and replace it with an event that is less liked. But since I can't change it, I might as well embrace it. So i have questions about it. Note: I know nothing at all about it, but I'm gonna do it because there's nothing else left...:( So,
1: Do we get a double-sided page of notes or a binder?
2: Do we get to use a calculator?
3: Where are some good sites for learning about this?
Note #2: I epically failed the water part in my state event.... Maybe I shouldn't do this event after all :D ...

Answer to 1, 2 and 3 - we really won't know until the rules are released in September. In a couple weeks some of your coaches may have access to the draft rules from the Summer Institute, but even those have been known to change by the time the rule books come out.
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Re: Preliminary:Water Quality

Postby quizbowl » July 9th, 2011, 2:38 pm

More on my salinometer quests! (Mind you, I'm working in a summer camp, so I don't get a lot of free time, but this is what I worked on.)
I tried this new method of what I call "bottle buoyancy". (I can't really explain this - I just watched this video and made something similar: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-wfL1kVtmvM)
I calculated the flow rates for several different salinities, and most results came out to be pretty similar in the time it took for the bottle to fall. I kinda found a relationship of my own, and I was able to get pretty close for a random salinity! It does look like a swell design, but a few results were a bit skewed, plus I'm not sure if judges would allow us to bring in stopwatches.
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Re: Preliminary:Water Quality

Postby geekychic13 » July 9th, 2011, 4:41 pm

rfscoach wrote:
geekychic13 wrote:I think that you shouldn't dedicate an entire event to water. There is no need. Water is one of the parts studied in the ecology event. In my state competition, there was six timed stations, and one was dedicated entirely to water.
It seems that they are taking out all the good events this year (ornithology, fossils, ECOLOGY,...)
I know some people may not agree with me, and may like staring at water better than studying the broad subject of ecology(jk, jk), so sry if I caused any offense, but I'd like it if maybe they shouldn't take out one of the more popular events and replace it with an event that is less liked. But since I can't change it, I might as well embrace it. So i have questions about it. Note: I know nothing at all about it, but I'm gonna do it because there's nothing else left...:( So,
1: Do we get a double-sided page of notes or a binder?
2: Do we get to use a calculator?
3: Where are some good sites for learning about this?
Note #2: I epically failed the water part in my state event.... Maybe I shouldn't do this event after all :D ...

Answer to 1, 2 and 3 - we really won't know until the rules are released in September. In a couple weeks some of your coaches may have access to the draft rules from the Summer Institute, but even those have been known to change by the time the rule books come out.


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Postby purplepeopleeater » July 22nd, 2011, 8:13 am

YAY! im actually super excited for this event!!
(rumor is there are a few people that arent... ) >.> bummer.
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Re: Preliminary:Water Quality

Postby abator » August 11th, 2011, 8:46 am

I like this event but I won't be able to do this event because I already have too many events. But since I am the only one on my team to have done this event before I will most likely have to help them. *sigh*
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Re: Preliminary:Water Quality

Postby sparky007 » August 11th, 2011, 2:47 pm

So what does- ecology of an organism really mean? It says in Division C we need to know "general ecology ... of all listed organisms"
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Postby dustykingwood » August 15th, 2011, 11:02 am

Haha most people hated ecology on my team. My friend needs a partner for this and now I'm stuck into it. I cross my fingers CJAP will help me with this considering Ph testing we had to do frequently. Our tutor made us work like crazy. Hope something I learned is going to be put to use in this. :D
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Re: Preliminary:Water Quality

Postby dustykingwood » August 15th, 2011, 11:03 am

sparky007 wrote:So what does- ecology of an organism really mean? It says in Division C we need to know "general ecology ... of all listed organisms"
X_X

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Re: Preliminary:Water Quality

Postby quizbowl » August 15th, 2011, 1:10 pm

sparky007 wrote:So what does- ecology of an organism really mean? It says in Division C we need to know "general ecology ... of all listed organisms"
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Probably the niches and habitats of each organism. However, those were old rules - the new rules come out when school starts, so use them as a guide instead.
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Re: Preliminary:Water Quality

Postby geekychic13 » August 16th, 2011, 2:17 pm

very sad announcement: i am no longer doing this event, since im already doing crime busters, disease detectives, optics, anatomy, and possibly a building event. :cry:
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Re: Preliminary:Water Quality

Postby butter side up » August 18th, 2011, 7:31 pm

quizbowl wrote:
sparky007 wrote:So what does- ecology of an organism really mean? It says in Division C we need to know "general ecology ... of all listed organisms"
X_X

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Probably the niches and habitats of each organism. However, those were old rules - the new rules come out when school starts, so use them as a guide instead.

This would probably also include its interactions with the other organisms, so the food webs the organism is part of, and possibly other concerns specific to that organism, such as overfishing or how it is affected by dissolved minerals, pollutants, or water temperature.
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