(section: 2 / paragraph: b / line: 1)
No. Computers/tablets/etc generally aren't allowed in Science Olympiad events unless explicitly permitted in the specific event rules, since they can potentially violate multiple general rules.
(section: 2 / paragraph: c / line: 1)
No, only the device, tools, and supplies must be impounded. Reference materials, writing utensils, and calculators do not need to be impounded.
(section: 2 / paragraph: c / line: 2)
That is up to the individual event supervisor. It's recommended that they get a MS and TS of 0 for not making an honest attempt.
(section: 2 / paragraph: e / line: 1-2)
General rule #2 applies, they can do either.
(section: 2 / paragraph: f / line: 3)
Any masses used in this manner must be fixed in place before impound.
(section: 2 / paragraph: f / sub-paragraph: none / line: 1)
Yes, the mass ranges apply to both Known and Unknown Masses per rule 2.f.
(section: 4 / paragraph: a / sub-paragraph: iii / line: 5)
Yes, Belt and Pulley sare included as part of the Pulley simple machine type for both Simple Machines and Complex Machines.
(section: 4 / paragraph: a / sub-paragraph: iii. / line: 1)
Yes, there potentially could be as they apply to those machines.
(section: 4 / paragraph: a / sub-paragraph: iii5 / line: 5)
(section: 4 / paragraph: b / line: 1)
No, teams can utilize the flexible loops on the masses to hang them, or they can set the entire mass on their own hanger of some sort.
(section: 4 / paragraph: b / sub-paragraph: i / line: 1)
Yes, the rules state that students are to use both the known mass and a lever to determine an unknown mass.
(section: 4 / paragraph: b / sub-paragraph: v / line: 1)
Yes, as long as the hooks are only used for attachment and the entire device only uses the Law of the Lever for calculating the unknown mass. General rule #2 applies: http://www.soinc.org/ethics_rules
(section: 4 / paragraph: b / sub-paragraph: v / line: 3)
No, a spring scale would not be within the spirit of the problem and would violate general rule #2, in addition to not abiding by rule 4.b.v. regarding using only the principles of a lever to calculate the mass.
(section: 5 / paragraph: b / line: 1)
Points will be assigned to the significant figures of the measuring equipment available to the supervisors. Contact local tournaments for information to the precision of their tools.
(section: 5 / paragraph: c / line: 1)
The mass score will be decimal, based on the precision of the measurement tools used by the Event Supervisor.
(section: 1 / line: 1)
No. The instruments must be 2 different types.
It is a wind instrument per Hornbostel–Sachs.
(section: 1 / paragraph: 1 / sub-paragraph: 1 / line: 2)
It's a chordophone instrument per Hornbostel–Sachs.
(section: 2 / line: None)
No. That is a reed block.
(section: 3 / paragraph: b / line: 2)
Yes, it is not a commercially available music item.
(section: 4 / paragraph: d / sub-paragraph: ii / line: 1,2)
No. Rule 4.d.i clearly states questions are on general acoustic knowledge and the types of instruments brought by the competitors. Musical technique questions are are out of the realm of the rules UNLESS they are referring to WHY a technique makes that sound (i.e. how does the speed of the bow/air affect the sound - bowing/blowing faster is louder, why does vibrato change the sound).