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Hi!! I'm a student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I enjoy physics and biology, but I unusually have background in the various social sciences. My research interests include psychology and linguistics, but also acoustics. Despite my experience with physics events, I am still incredibly terrible at classical mechanics.

Science Olympiad is about people, not about winning! Indeed, science is about people, not winning, because science is the scaffolding of humanity—a skyscraper in ceaseless upward construction built to carry the common good of people. If you like helping people, so do I! So, if you'd like to talk about science or people or both, please don't hesitate to message me. (If you hesitate, you can still contact me anyways!)

Oh, and for those reading this for my credentials—I made it to states exactly once; I've been to nationals exactly once; I was the only senior member in my year to medal in nothing at nationals; and I've only competed for two years. You know—the usual thoroughfare.

Division D

Season Purpose Location Date Role
2019-20 Carmel High School tryouts Carmel, IN October 1-5, 2019 Sounds of music C writer
North Carolina coaches’ clinic Raleigh, NC October 6, 2019 Sounds of music C volunteer
Orlando Science Schools Invitational C Orlando, FL November 23, 2019 Sounds of music C writer
Duke Invitational Durham, NC January 18, 2020 Sounds of music C supervisor
Southern California Regional CA (South) It's a secret ;) Water quality B/C writer
Raleigh Regional Raleigh, NC February 1, 2020 Sounds of music C co-supervisor
Other NC Regionals Various Various Sounds of music C co-supervisor
North Carolina State Tournament Raleigh, NC April 25, 2020 Sounds of music C co-supervisor
National Tournament at NC State University Raleigh, NC May 16, 2020 TBD
Writer means I only wrote the test, but could not proctor it.

Most of the images and graphics I use in test questions are my own. You may consider any content I made in a test to be public domain. Most images that I use in tests but aren't my own are already in the public domain anyways. If copyrighted, those I attribute. If you don't know the copyright status of work used in my tests, ask me.

Statistical information

In 2019, the average Div. C FPOW had a placement of 21.737 (= 1239 / 57)

Interestingly, this means that FPOWs on average perform better than the average state-qualifying team in North Carolina (= 25.5). I assume no-shows for teams will be ranked below last place down to 50th when calculating my average for state-qualifying teams. This is to simplify calculation, but it is not unreasonable to believe that teams unable to participate in an event due to lack of interest or membership would probably worse in that particular event than teams who did participate. "Unreasonable," though, doesn't mean correct.

Circuit lab tests

What is typically tested on a good circuit lab test? Not everybody agrees on what makes a test high quality, nor do I believe all the tests listed below are high quality. It turns out that tests from well-regarded tournaments may differ notably. (Did you notice that one-fourth of points for the Princeton circuit lab test comes from recall questions?)

I struggled with op amps as a competitor, and after hearing from other students, it seems like two major stumbling points are op amps in addition to PN-junctions. If you want to practice these topics, the table can point you towards some tests that address these topics in particular.

Test Points for MC/word bank/matching Recall (short ans.) Understanding (FRQ)1 Lab Points for op amps2 Points for PN-junctions2 Total points
Troy Invitational 8 3 89 82? (unclear) 3 85 182
Solon HS tryouts 0 16 84 N/A 4 8 100
Princeton 25 34 69 ? 10 20 128
Battle at Valley Forge 4 4 12 13 1 2 33
Rice 11 0 45 20 12 7 76
Mira Loma Invitational 11 2 27 10 2 18 50
Cerritos Invitational 10 5 10 6 0 3 31
Sylvania Northview Invitational 44 0 23 25 1 1 92
1. Math, explanations, descriptions, comparison, concepts. If a question could be answered from recall but probably wasn't supposed to be (for example, unlikely to be memorized), then I categorized it as an FRQ.
2. Including laboratory section

Do larger universities hold more teams per tournament?

Venue Rooms on campus Most teams hosted Typical room capacity
IU Bloomington 337 classrooms 120 teams (B/C), but usually 72 56.4 seats (point estimate)
MIT 158 classrooms 76 teams (C)
Wright State 122 classrooms 120 teams (B/C) 49.7 seats (average)
UW-Stout 90 classrooms (how!?) 120 teams (B/C) 38 seats (average)
University of Minnesota 539 classrooms 27 teams (B) 59.4 seats (average)
Harvard 450 classroooms 46 teams (C)
Princeton 228 classrooms 56 teams (C) 33.7 seats (point estimate)
The Ohio State University 328 classrooms 80 teams (B/C) 54.6 seats (point estimate)
Texas A&M 213 classrooms 60 teams (B/C)
Bethel College 100 classrooms 33 teams (C) 36.0 seats (average)

Lounges, dining halls, non-lecture performance halls have been excluded if possible. Special department-only classrooms are included.