(section: 2 / paragraph: b / line: 1)
2013-11-06 16:42 Can a computer be used as a tool for the device testing portion of the event?
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)
2013-11-06 17:01 Do students need to impound their reference material secured in a 3-ring binder?
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: e / line: 1-2)
2014-01-02 03:12 Do students have to hang the masses from the lever, or are they allowed to set the masses on top of the lever?
General rule #2 applies, they can do either.
(section: 4 / paragraph: a / sub-paragraph: iii / line: 5)
2013-11-01 01:21 Under the catagory of "Wheel& Axle", are "Belt & Pulleys" included?
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)
2014-01-02 03:23 If "Questions are limited to the following static equilibrium simple machines" only, will there be questions on objects that are moving or calculations of things like "kinetic energy" as the rule mentions?
Yes, there potentially could be as they apply to those machines.
(section: 4 / paragraph: a / sub-paragraph: iii5 / line: 5)
2013-11-01 01:23 Under the catagory of "Wheel & Axle", are "Gear Systems" included?
(section: 4 / paragraph: b / line: 1)
2014-01-02 03:24 Is there a standardized way that the masses are intended to be attached to the levers?
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)
2013-11-06 17:17 Regarding the phrase "using an known mass and lever", are these simply the tools available to the competitor that are allowed to be used, or are the students REQUIRED to utilize the known mass to determine the unknown mass?
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: 3)
2014-01-02 03:25 Can the tools include a spring scale attached to the device (levers)?
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)
2013-11-06 17:21 Are points to be assigned as whole points only? Rounded or truncated? For example, if the measurement takes 15 seconds, is the TS value assigned as 18 points, 18.75 points, or 19 points?
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)
2013-11-06 17:23 Is the Mass Score in whole points, rounded or not, or in decimal? For example, if the actual mass of the unknown was 1000g, and the calculated value was 990g, is the scored MS value assigned 29 points, 29.7 points, or 30 points?
The mass score will be decimal, based on the precision of the measurement tools used by the Event Supervisor.
Sounds of Music
(section: 1 / line: 1)
2014-01-23 03:22 May two students on the same team build the same type of instrument - say, both strings - if one instrument does treble and the other does bass?
No. The instruments must be 2 different types.
2014-01-23 03:24 With regards to the instrument-specific test, should a plosive aerophone be classified as a percussion instrument or a wind instrument?
It is a wind instrument per Hornbostel–Sachs.
(section: 2 / line: None)
2014-01-23 03:25 Is it possible to use pre-made cane such as cane that is gouged, profiled, and shaped. I would use this cane to construct a reed by hand.
No. That is a reed block.
(section: 3 / paragraph: b / line: 2)
2014-01-23 15:31 Regarding use of rosin, is powdered rosin used in gymnastics, baseball, bowling acceptable?
Yes, it is not a commercially available music item.