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by gustavadolf
Tue May 31, 2016 8:51 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2016 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 133
Views: 55831

Re: 2016 HSNCT discussion

The inertia question happened to be in one of the packets that I was helping to edit. I'm not especially up on my physics, so I didn't attempt to make any definitive determination about the question as a whole, but I did spend some time reading about the first sentence. Here is that sentence: "A pr...
by gustavadolf
Mon May 02, 2016 11:02 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2016 NHBB Nats: Factual Errors
Replies: 9
Views: 918

Re: Factual Errors

My teammate got negged for saying "Ethelred the Unready" (he couldn't pull the correct number). This seems pretty silly to me, since I've never heard him called anything but Ethelred the Unready.
by gustavadolf
Fri Dec 11, 2015 7:13 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Understanding science topics
Replies: 18
Views: 7357

Re: Understanding science topics

Yeah, to piggyback on what others have said -- understanding ladder operators isn't really possible without the sufficient background in math. If you want to learn about physics or QM, you have to take the subject as a whole or in pretty large chunks, like "thermodynamics" or "mechanics" and not go ...
by gustavadolf
Tue Aug 25, 2015 2:16 pm
Forum: National and Regional Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: HSQBRank 2015-16
Replies: 76
Views: 43037

Re: HSQBRank 2015-16

Dear everybody: There is someone commenting on the rankings under my name. It is not me. I do not know who it is, but I know someone has been impersonating members of LASA--on the elevator at HSNCT Ethan met another team and asked who they were and they said they were LASA. It might be the same peop...
by gustavadolf
Thu Aug 20, 2015 5:07 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: ACF Fall for high schoolers
Replies: 57
Views: 18152

Re: ACF Fall for high schoolers

To me, the biggest argument why high schoolers could be upset at ACF is this: 1) High schoolers are given the same restrictions and requirements as college teams (arguably, due to the lack of "New to..." discounts, there are greater barriers for high school teams). 2) At the same time, the field tha...
by gustavadolf
Sun Jul 19, 2015 8:33 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: History Player
Replies: 20
Views: 9547

Re: History Player

While we're on the subject of military history, Strategy and Tactics of Great Generals and Their Battles is a really great book--it's only got fifteen or so battles, from Napoleon to the Korean War, but it spends a whole chapter dissecting each one and what happened on a minutely tactical level. You...
by gustavadolf
Wed Jul 15, 2015 9:18 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 HSNCT conversion stats discussion
Replies: 53
Views: 18204

Re: 2015 HSNCT discussion

Can I see the conversion stats for the Gibbs Phase Rule tossup?
by gustavadolf
Mon Jun 08, 2015 6:02 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 PACE NSC: Question set discussion
Replies: 65
Views: 28147

Re: 2015 PACE NSC: Question set discussion

Ok, that makes a lot of sense.

FWIW, I did like the chemistry in this set a lot and I don't mean to be overly critical. Also the rest of this set. It was pretty great.
by gustavadolf
Mon Jun 08, 2015 1:43 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 PACE NSC: Question set discussion
Replies: 65
Views: 28147

Re: 2015 PACE NSC: Question set discussion

I was very disappointed by the lack of organic chemistry throughout this set. From what I gather, the main argument against its inclusion is that it's "too hard" or whatever for high schoolers, but I don't see how replacing it with the uncommon answerlines you mentioned above makes things any easie...
by gustavadolf
Thu Jan 08, 2015 1:31 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Up Late with Eric Xu cover art
Replies: 24
Views: 4546

Re: Up Late with Eric Xu cover art

I dunno how to insert images into my post so I attached mine.

Image

EDIT: Now I do.
by gustavadolf
Sun Oct 19, 2014 1:14 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Specific Questions Discussion (2014 Penn Bowl)
Replies: 32
Views: 9160

Re: Specific Questions Discussion

"Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons" seemed like an unforgiving answerline, although that might be my lack of upper-level orgo experience speaking. We said 'arenes' and weren't prompted or anything.
by gustavadolf
Wed May 28, 2014 11:22 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2014 PACE NSC Questions Discussion
Replies: 69
Views: 34758

Re: 2014 PACE NSC Questions Discussion

Opinion is divided on whether Jude the apostle is the same as Jude, brother of Jesus, who is mentioned in Mark 6:3 and Matthew 13:55-57, and is the traditional author of the Epistle of Jude. Some Catholics believe the two Judes are the same person, while a number of Protestants do not. I'd always h...
by gustavadolf
Sat Apr 26, 2014 1:08 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Lederberg 2: Daughter Cell (3/29/14)
Replies: 155
Views: 57079

Re: Lederberg 2: Daughter Cell (3/29/14)

Here's a fun experiment (I hope Corin doesn't mind me using his stats as a control): Corin Wagen's statline at HSNCT 2013: 19-19-5 Steven Hines' statline at HSNCT 2013: 13-22-9 Corin Wagen's statline at this tournament: 4-26-6 Steven Hines' statline at this tournament: 41-39-13 Some people drop off...
by gustavadolf
Thu Apr 24, 2014 12:16 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Lederberg 2 Discussion
Replies: 33
Views: 8620

Re: Lederberg 2 Discussion

I too really enjoyed this -- thanks to Eric and Ramapriya for setting this up and giving me a chance to play this. There were some very interesting clues and answerlines, and I'm looking forward to going through this set at a more leisurely pace.
by gustavadolf
Mon Mar 31, 2014 9:30 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Lederberg 2: Daughter Cell (3/29/14)
Replies: 155
Views: 57079

Re: Lederberg 2: Daughter Cell (3/29/14)

I'd be up, tentatively, to play this over Skype.
by gustavadolf
Mon Nov 04, 2013 8:58 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question Specific Discussion
Replies: 35
Views: 5660

Re: Question Specific Discussion

I think that the Durand Line came up twice, first in a bonus on the Great Game and then in a tossup on Pakistan.
by gustavadolf
Tue Jul 02, 2013 10:27 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2013 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 149
Views: 52365

Re: 2013 HSNCT discussion

Could I see the chemistry tossup on eliminations? It was in one of the later Sunday rounds, maybe Round 21.