(section: 3 / paragraph: b / line: 2)
Writing on the bottle would not be physical damage unless the person doing the writing did something out of the ordinary which damages the structural integrity of the pressure vessel.
(section: 3 / paragraph: c / line: 3)
No, students cannot give a visual clue about the number of words or breaking a word into parts. Rule 3.e allows a student to use uniform length dashes to indicate the number of words (not syllables).
(section: 3 / paragraph: e / line: 2)
No. Putting the hyphen along with the line would partly spell the word.
(section: 3 / paragraph: e / sub-paragraph: - / line: -)
A circle as a drawing wherever it occurs is allowed as long as it does not represent or is not interpreted as a Zero or a letter.
(section: 3 / paragraph: a / line: 1)
The materials list contains the equipment (e.g. stopwatch, glassware, etc.) and supplies (e.g. chemicals) used in the experiment. You should include the precision of the measuring device being used (e.g. ruler marked off in millimeters, 250 ml beaker. ) You do not need to list safety equipment, writing implements, calculators, or number of participants helping with the experiment.
(section: 2 / paragraph: a / line: 1)
Yes, these symbols are allowed as long as they fit within the context of the written description.
(section: 2 / paragraph: b / line: 4)
Yes, this year's rules allow these types of abbreviations without defining them.
(section: 2 / paragraph: b. / line: 4-7)
Yes, these are all acceptable with the new rules this year as long as they fit within the context of the written description.
(section: 3 / paragraph: d / line: 1)
Written descriptions that contain drawings and diagrams will be ranked in Tier 2. (This is based on rule 3.d.) If the drawing depicts the model, team will be eliminated.