Physical Science/Chemistry

Physical Science/Chemistry

admin Tue, 2008-08-12 08:49

Chemistry

Chemistry

admin Tue, 2008-08-12 08:49

Crime Busters

Crime Busters

admin Thu, 2009-09-10 15:37

New this year are conductivity testers, which could be used as a test for DISTILLED water vs H2O2. The unknown liquids only call it out as "water." can we get an update that specifies this as either Tap Water or Distilled Water.

New this year are conductivity testers, which could be used as a test for DISTILLED water vs H2O2. The unknown liquids only call it out as "water." can we get an update that specifies this as either Tap Water or Distilled Water.

ceann Thu, 2017-10-12 18:08
This will be up to the individual Event Supervisor as to whether they provide Distilled Water or Tap Water as on unknown.

The unknown liquid "water" is not specified as distilled or non-distilled. With the addition this year of a conductivity tester, this becomes a needed clarification.

The unknown liquid "water" is not specified as distilled or non-distilled. With the addition this year of a conductivity tester, this becomes a needed clarification.

ceann Sun, 2017-11-05 15:45
The type of water does not need to be specified for Crime Busters, it will be up to the event supervisor. There is no specific use for the conductivity tester in Crime Busters. The conductivity tester is listed in the kit for the ease of teams to have 1 kit that can be used for all Chemistry events without having to take anything out or add something for a specific event. Teams will use some items and won't use other items depending upon the event.

Potions and Poisons

Potions and Poisons

admin Mon, 2017-08-07 14:55

What is meant by "a calculator dedicated to computation" and are there specific calculator models that are allowed?

What is meant by "a calculator dedicated to computation" and are there specific calculator models that are allowed?

ceann Tue, 2017-10-17 14:46
The phrase “…a calculator dedicated to computation…” refers to a standalone or dedicated calculator. With these calculators their functionality is limited to mathematical calculations or associated activities such as running simple computational programs or producing graphs. This means that digital or electronic calculators such as those found as an application on a computer, tablet, watch, or cellular phone are not permitted for use in Science Olympiad events. In some events there are no limits to the functionality that the calculator may possess. In other events, the calculators may not have features that allow them to run programs or create graphs. With the ever-changing landscape around calculators and other personal electronic devices Science Olympiad is not in the position to be able to review and permission specific calculator manufacturers or specific calculator models. In every case, the decisions of the Event Supervisors concerning the acceptability of a specific calculator type for an event at a tournament shall be considered final.

Physics

Physics

admin Tue, 2008-08-12 08:50

Hovercraft - Div B

Hovercraft - Div B

admin Tue, 2008-08-12 08:50

In section 3.g, it implies that diodes are not allowed in terms of electrical components. Would this rule out LEDs, which are Light Emitting Diodes?

In section 3.g, it implies that diodes are not allowed in terms of electrical components. Would this rule out LEDs, which are Light Emitting Diodes?

ceann Thu, 2017-11-02 19:29
Yes, you are correct. Diodes, including LEDs, are not allowed.

Since lithium batteries are prohibited, are NiMH batteries allowed because some contain small amounts of lithium?

Since lithium batteries are prohibited, are NiMH batteries allowed because some contain small amounts of lithium?

ceann Tue, 2017-10-24 19:57
Yes, batteries such as NiCad and NiMH batteries which may contain small amounts of lithium are still permitted for use. Please see the complete Science Olympiad Battery Policy found at https://www.soinc.org/join/policies

The rules prohibit integrated circuits but allow mechanical relays. Are time-delay mechanical relays that contain ICs allowed?

The rules prohibit integrated circuits but allow mechanical relays. Are time-delay mechanical relays that contain ICs allowed?

ceann Thu, 2017-11-02 19:35
No. Time-delayed mechanical relays are not allowed because they contain integrated circuits which are not included in the list of allowed electrical components.

What is meant by "a calculator dedicated to computation" and are there specific calculator models that are allowed?

What is meant by "a calculator dedicated to computation" and are there specific calculator models that are allowed?

ceann Tue, 2017-10-17 14:46
The phrase “…a calculator dedicated to computation…” refers to a standalone or dedicated calculator. With these calculators their functionality is limited to mathematical calculations or associated activities such as running simple computational programs or producing graphs. This means that digital or electronic calculators such as those found as an application on a computer, tablet, watch, or cellular phone are not permitted for use in Science Olympiad events. In some events there are no limits to the functionality that the calculator may possess. In other events, the calculators may not have features that allow them to run programs or create graphs. With the ever-changing landscape around calculators and other personal electronic devices Science Olympiad is not in the position to be able to review and permission specific calculator manufacturers or specific calculator models. In every case, the decisions of the Event Supervisors concerning the acceptability of a specific calculator type for an event at a tournament shall be considered final.

Optics

Optics

admin Thu, 2009-09-10 15:37

What is meant by "a calculator dedicated to computation" and are there specific calculator models that are allowed?

What is meant by "a calculator dedicated to computation" and are there specific calculator models that are allowed?

ceann Tue, 2017-10-17 14:46
The phrase “…a calculator dedicated to computation…” refers to a standalone or dedicated calculator. With these calculators their functionality is limited to mathematical calculations or associated activities such as running simple computational programs or producing graphs. This means that digital or electronic calculators such as those found as an application on a computer, tablet, watch, or cellular phone are not permitted for use in Science Olympiad events. In some events there are no limits to the functionality that the calculator may possess. In other events, the calculators may not have features that allow them to run programs or create graphs. With the ever-changing landscape around calculators and other personal electronic devices Science Olympiad is not in the position to be able to review and permission specific calculator manufacturers or specific calculator models. In every case, the decisions of the Event Supervisors concerning the acceptability of a specific calculator type for an event at a tournament shall be considered final.

Thermodynamics - Div B

Thermodynamics - Div B

admin Mon, 2017-08-07 14:57

Is a thermos type device allowed, i.e. a metal chamber with a vacuum, a Yeti type container, hydro flask, etc??

Is a thermos type device allowed, i.e. a metal chamber with a vacuum, a Yeti type container, hydro flask, etc??

ceann Tue, 2017-11-14 09:54
Yes, however, the container device must: 1) meet every other rule, including the insertion of the beaker and having a 1.5cm unobstructed hole, 2) be altered from its original purchased state by having a substantial modification to it, and 3) Note per rule 3.f. event supervisors may request that the device be disassembled, which would include looking inside any layers of containers, vacuum chambers, etc.

What is meant by "a calculator dedicated to computation" and are there specific calculator models that are allowed?

What is meant by "a calculator dedicated to computation" and are there specific calculator models that are allowed?

ceann Tue, 2017-10-17 14:46
The phrase “…a calculator dedicated to computation…” refers to a standalone or dedicated calculator. With these calculators their functionality is limited to mathematical calculations or associated activities such as running simple computational programs or producing graphs. This means that digital or electronic calculators such as those found as an application on a computer, tablet, watch, or cellular phone are not permitted for use in Science Olympiad events. In some events there are no limits to the functionality that the calculator may possess. In other events, the calculators may not have features that allow them to run programs or create graphs. With the ever-changing landscape around calculators and other personal electronic devices Science Olympiad is not in the position to be able to review and permission specific calculator manufacturers or specific calculator models. In every case, the decisions of the Event Supervisors concerning the acceptability of a specific calculator type for an event at a tournament shall be considered final.