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by Tower Monarch
Tue Aug 02, 2011 7:11 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Split topic on CO science
Replies: 104
Views: 17848

Re: Split topic on CO science

I've come to realize that in many of these subjects, it's not necessarily the curriculum taught that matters as a gauge for what players know but the material in the standard textbooks. People touched upon this in the How to Become a Good Science Player thread and Jerry has long (over my college car...
by Tower Monarch
Tue Aug 02, 2011 5:09 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Split topic on CO science
Replies: 104
Views: 17848

Re: Split topic on CO science

First, I don't think what scientists learn is nearly as uniform as Jerry is making it out to be, at least relative to literature; it largely dependent on what field and/or type of schooling you're involved in. In graduate school, the "shared canon" of things that all biology-related PhDs learn beco...
by Tower Monarch
Tue Aug 02, 2011 2:12 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Split topic on CO science
Replies: 104
Views: 17848

Re: Split topic on CO science

When a clue says "the first movement of this piece is marked allegro and has a clarinet solo", I'm not getting any kind of special technical information; I'm getting the same information as you: the opening is fast, and a particular type of thing that people blow into is playing a solo. If we tried...
by Tower Monarch
Mon Aug 01, 2011 6:59 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Split topic on CO science
Replies: 104
Views: 17848

Re: Split topic on CO science

The stricter your standards for science questions, the fewer people will be able to write them well. Any idiot can write a decent literature or history tossup, even with little background on the topic. But it's almost impossible for a non-scientist to write a good science question that won't be sav...
by Tower Monarch
Mon Aug 01, 2011 4:42 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Split topic on CO science
Replies: 104
Views: 17848

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Chicago Open 2011 (July 30, 2011)

There are plenty of basic and straightforward-to-grasp concepts that would make fine answer choices at even harder tournaments, and yet lend themselves to questions that can be answered from actual physics knowledge. It doesn't at all strike me as problematic that Jerry could spend an hour one day ...
by Tower Monarch
Sat Jul 30, 2011 10:13 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Chicago Open 2011 (July 30, 2011)
Replies: 58
Views: 19413

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Chicago Open 2011 (July 30, 2011)

Wow. Was the Vinokurov et al packet in round 8 noticeably harder than others, or is it just a stats coincidence?
by Tower Monarch
Sat Jul 23, 2011 1:33 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: The thirty-or-zero problem (80s trash)
Replies: 51
Views: 7186

Re: The thirty-or-zero problem (80s trash)

Well, I would say none of these look like thirty-or-zero bonuses. They all seem to have the pattern easy-hard-medium, with the exception of Tootsie which looks easy-medium-hard. I see one issue with the De Palma film bonus, though. Neither Scarface or Carrie are inherently harder than the other and ...
by Tower Monarch
Thu Jul 21, 2011 8:19 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2010-11 NAQT IS sets: question-specific discussion
Replies: 135
Views: 20875

Re: 2010-11 NAQT IS sets: question-specific discussion

I've usually seen "hoplite" used to refer to an individual soldier and "phalanx" used for the formation he fought in. For instance: a round wooden shield some three feet in diameter, the hoplon, so radically different in concept from its cowhide predecessor that it was from this piece of equipment ...
by Tower Monarch
Wed Jul 20, 2011 10:09 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: People/Teams Who Still Need to Produce CO Questions
Replies: 3
Views: 943

Re: People/Teams Who Still Need to Produce CO Questions

If any of these teams need something small like 1/1 in a category, I'm not attending and could help out if I hear about it (PM or email) by early afternoon. I'd be finished by early afternoon tomorrow and I have about 6 hours I can devote to this and early NSC writing today. I'm looking for the writ...
by Tower Monarch
Tue Jul 19, 2011 8:04 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: How to Become a Good Science Player
Replies: 24
Views: 8484

Re: How to Become a Good Science Player

I'm aware this thread has died down, but I thought for the sake of completeness I'd add a few more resources: For Computer Science/Discrete Math: Knuth et al's Concrete Mathematics - Knuth's Art of Computer Programming series is somewhat like the Landau/Lifshitz of Computers, so it's not very readab...
by Tower Monarch
Wed Jul 13, 2011 12:34 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: How to Become a Good Science Player
Replies: 24
Views: 8484

Re: How to Become a Good Science Player

Also, I realize that there are probably plenty of people who will read this thread/the wiki article that are not already well-grounded in math and physics to read the upper-level books in those subjects and in Physical Chemistry. For them, I would suggest the Stewart Calculus book(s) (it comes in al...
by Tower Monarch
Wed Jul 13, 2011 12:24 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: How to Become a Good Science Player
Replies: 24
Views: 8484

Re: How to Become a Good Science Player

I probably shouldn't enter the organic chemistry discussion, but in terms of writing (as opposed to learning) and studying questions, I have found it useful to consult books with the word "Advanced" in the title for some early clues, especially on reactions. These texts are usually more desk referen...
by Tower Monarch
Tue Jul 12, 2011 7:33 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: How to Become a Good Science Player
Replies: 24
Views: 8484

Re: How to Become a Good Science Player

I wonder if anyone has any suggestions on improving on maths? It strikes me as harder to just open a textbook and pick out some key words, as compared to the sciences proper. edit: One other thing just occurred to me, which is mainly of relevance to novices or people without a scientific educationa...
by Tower Monarch
Fri Aug 07, 2009 11:02 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open II at VCU - Saturday, August 8
Replies: 114
Views: 31847

Re: VCU Open II at VCU - Saturday, August 8

Just in case people only check this thread before tomorrow, I would like to apologize here and announce the cancellation of the music tournament. As I said in the West Coast thread, I will just release the questions to a nearby tournament when I get a decent amount together.
by Tower Monarch
Fri Aug 07, 2009 10:40 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: West coast mirror of VCU Open?
Replies: 41
Views: 5163

Re: West coast mirror of VCU Open?

The rooms have been reserved (sorry for the delay, the school just implemented a new way of reserving rooms.) Also, I've been informed that the music tourney will become more of a mini-tourney in the interest of fleshing out CaTO/TaCO. CaTO/TaCO Fee TBA, until Cameron figures out how many rounds wi...
by Tower Monarch
Fri Aug 07, 2009 10:28 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open Music August 8, 2009
Replies: 40
Views: 7801

Re: VCU Open Music August 8, 2009

Hey, I want to thank everyone who has shown interest in playing this tournament and those of you who offered to staff. At this time, the projected length of the tournament is less than five rounds, none of which will be able to reach even the 16/16 I thought would be a minimum for a round. Unless an...
by Tower Monarch
Tue Aug 04, 2009 7:52 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open Music August 8, 2009
Replies: 40
Views: 7801

Re: VCU Open Music August 8, 2009

I apologize to those of you who wanted a large third event for the weekend, but in the interest of completing CaTO/TaCO and keeping my sanity, this tournament will now be a sort of mini-event. It will still be singles (provided buzzers/staffers allow this), with the upside of an earlier end time on ...
by Tower Monarch
Thu Jul 23, 2009 8:14 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: West coast mirror of VCU Open?
Replies: 41
Views: 5163

Re: West coast mirror of VCU Open?

If this happens, consider also mirroring CaTO/TaCO and/or my music singles tournament with it. Just let me know if you're interested.
by Tower Monarch
Thu Jul 09, 2009 3:03 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CO Lit announcement
Replies: 80
Views: 23521

Re: CO Lit announcement

Dwellers in the Crucible wrote:I want to play blessed quizbowl with Jesus once. Cameron, are you still a free agent?
This is my first time on the forums all week. If this is still open, I'm definitely up for it.
by Tower Monarch
Sat Jun 20, 2009 9:06 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Math Computation, Round 23748234
Replies: 125
Views: 21612

Re: Math Computation, Round 23748234

I think "Count Down" is a book that profiles the US's IMO team of a few years back. It has some interesting life stories, for one thing, and I enjoyed looking at the solutions provided to the actual problems (I was only able to solve one of six, sadly, and my solution probably wasn't rigorous enoug...
by Tower Monarch
Sat Jun 20, 2009 8:05 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NSC 09 question discussion
Replies: 132
Views: 17602

Re: NSC 09 question discussion

[10] This second novel by Fitzgerald ANSWER: The Beautiful and Damned I was just wondering, what did the moderators end up saying when they had to read this clue? It seems to me that there would be more information than just saying, "This is the second novel by Fitzgerald." I don't think ours was t...
by Tower Monarch
Fri Jun 19, 2009 11:30 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: The Emergency: at PACE
Replies: 105
Views: 16875

Re: The Emergency: at PACE

Jeremy Gibbs Free Energy wrote:I just realized there still aren't stats, and I haven't found a link to the set on quizbowlpackets. Are either of these on their way?
Well, for the questions, you can just use Jerry's grapesmoker archive, but yeah, there aren't stats yet.
by Tower Monarch
Fri Jun 19, 2009 1:25 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Sun 'n Fun X Mirror (7/11/09) at Maryland
Replies: 102
Views: 20502

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Sun 'n Fun X Mirror (7/11/09) at Maryland

Hey, so given that we're now looking at running Matt Weiner's Darger tournament and Tommy's lit event, it makes sense to split this event over two days. I think we'll run the two side events Sunday and finish up early, and run the main tournament Saturday (perhaps followed by some satirical games o...
by Tower Monarch
Fri Jun 19, 2009 1:18 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Equal represenation in Quizbowl
Replies: 28
Views: 5692

Re: Equal represenation in Quizbowl

I guarantee that a female quizbowl player a) has a nontrivial total of female friends, and b) shares some part of her own academic interest with those friends. Therefore, I would say that that pool of friends is the likeliest group of candidates for joining. Yeah, that's not necessarily true at all...
by Tower Monarch
Fri Jun 19, 2009 1:08 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Tyrone Slothrop Literature Singles, 7/12/09
Replies: 20
Views: 3123

Re: Maryland Sun 'n Fun Side Event

Is this a singles or doubles event? I would prefer doubles especially if it is going to be incredibly difficult and introducing a lot of new subjects to the world lit canon. As I've heard last, Tommy still wants it to be singles, but that will likely depend more on the number of people who end up i...
by Tower Monarch
Fri Jun 19, 2009 1:00 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Equal represenation in Quizbowl
Replies: 28
Views: 5692

Re: Equal represenation in Quizbowl

Instead of taking a gigantic A team and just having a person sit around as the seventh man, why not, if possible, send a B team? This seems like common sense to me, as does part 5. I would add that it might be a good idea to devote some time specifically to novice players. What's worked well for ou...
by Tower Monarch
Fri Jun 19, 2009 12:45 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Math Computation, Round 23748234
Replies: 125
Views: 21612

Re: Math Computation, Round 23748234

To Guy, I'd argue that a lot of those tricks are important in mathematics. The adding of a sequence is a central tenant of good math. In fact, many people argue that you should learn such tricks well before calculus if you really want to understand/master math. A lot of these tricks have much wider...
by Tower Monarch
Fri Jun 19, 2009 12:11 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Math Computation, Round 23748234
Replies: 125
Views: 21612

Re: Math Computation, Round 23748234

stuff You didn't answer my question. I'm going to assume you mean that Lebesgue integration is useful in the real world while adding numbers quickly is neat for a few minutes, because it seems to support whatever your post's point was. Going forth with that, I think that statement is indefensible. ...
by Tower Monarch
Mon Jun 15, 2009 11:00 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Category Fetishism
Replies: 14
Views: 2149

Re: Category Fetishism

Studying the details of pictures is something that art historians do. Memorizing the minor tributaries of the Susquehanna River is not something that people in geography programs do. This. I can show you a library of Art/Art History books (I just got 15 of them a couple days ago) where they emphasi...
by Tower Monarch
Mon Jun 15, 2009 10:53 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Math Computation, Round 23748234
Replies: 125
Views: 21612

Re: Georgia 2009-2010

Topic 1: Inscribed Shapes Topic 2: Solving Equations Topic 3: The Relationship Between Angles and Circles Topic 4: The relationship between Polynomial Division and Polynomial Substitution Topic 5: Simplifying Radicals Topic 6: Exponential Growth Topic 7: Unit Circle Topic 8: Nonlinear Graphs Topic ...
by Tower Monarch
Mon Jun 15, 2009 1:33 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Math Computation, Round 23748234
Replies: 125
Views: 21612

Re: Georgia 2009-2010

Matt: I agree that simple arithmetic computations are not what should be in high school quiz bowl. GATA primarily uses algebra, geometry, trig, and calculus calculations in our varsity State tournament. I think that is preferrable. Looking over this and the other thread, I think this still belongs ...
by Tower Monarch
Mon Jun 15, 2009 1:08 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Writing science questions for science players
Replies: 56
Views: 12844

Re: Writing science questions for science players

On a slightly different note, while we are talking about science writing: Are there any suggestions for subdistributions across tournaments within broad fields like physics, chemistry or biology? I ask because I will be writing most of my portion of science for CaTO/TaCO in the next two weeks and be...
by Tower Monarch
Sun Jun 14, 2009 9:22 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Writing Literature Tossups
Replies: 25
Views: 4514

Re: Writing Literature Tossups

Yeah; I didn't mean to say the bit you quoted. Not sure what I meant by it, rather, I hold by the second part, which is that using the word Maman in the tossup is perfectly appropriate in the tossup and the use of the untranslated word is itself an entirely appropriate middle clue, which is contrar...
by Tower Monarch
Sun Jun 14, 2009 3:11 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Writing Literature Tossups
Replies: 25
Views: 4514

Re: Writing Literature Tossups

While I agree with most of the stuff Charlie has said, this: ...Another specific problem with your Stranger tossup is that Maman is not someone's name. It is simply the French word for "mama," so if you are going to use English for the rest of the translated sentence it would be a good idea to tran...
by Tower Monarch
Sat Jun 13, 2009 11:40 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Writing science questions for science players
Replies: 56
Views: 12844

Re: Writing science questions for science players

I guess I'm unclear as to what you're citing here as problematic in science questions - or perhaps questions in general - that we for some reason ought to address. It's not like quizbowl is beset by a systemic problem of me beating Eric Mukherjee to chem questions. The part your referring to is jus...
by Tower Monarch
Sat Jun 13, 2009 10:27 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Writing science questions for science players
Replies: 56
Views: 12844

Re: Writing science questions for science players

The point of a canon, to me, is that people can read old packets and improve. A canon based on anything else adds information costs to the process of improving; not only must you look at old packets, you must also look at textbooks or take classes. While I think the point has been made clearly that...
by Tower Monarch
Fri Jun 12, 2009 3:08 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2009 VT and NH state finals
Replies: 10
Views: 1772

Re: 2009 VT and NH state finals

Bottom line, though, no Vermont or New Hampshire team has gone better than 5-5 at a tossup-bonus national tournament and I don't think that's likely to change this year. Sorry to revive a somewhat old thread, but I just wanted to say that I'd be interested in helping change this for next year. I'll...
by Tower Monarch
Fri Jun 12, 2009 2:26 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Texas '08-'09
Replies: 82
Views: 9456

Re: Texas '08-'09

I think the "horrors" of NAQT questions have been overblown since HSNCT by the focus on five or six bad questions spread across 25 packets. NAQT is by no means horrible as a whole. I don't like that the mathcalc is still in there, and I think trash at HSNCT is not a good idea, but those are my thou...
by Tower Monarch
Fri Jun 12, 2009 2:20 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Texas '08-'09
Replies: 82
Views: 9456

Re: Texas '08-'09

One thing I have noted while reading this thread is that there seems to be a fundamental misunderstanding of HSAPQ's difficulty. Their questions are not difficult and certainly not more so than NAQT. People who pay attention in high school honors classes can guarantee themselves 10 point bonus conve...
by Tower Monarch
Fri Jun 12, 2009 1:34 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Texas '08-'09
Replies: 82
Views: 9456

Re: Texas '08-'09

I really don't know how to put that in simpler terms or somehow offer more "information" than what I assumed was public knowledge. Why on earth would that be public knowledge? Which state's forum do you mean to post in? I have never had any contact with anyone from NMB. Pulak posting that link is t...
by Tower Monarch
Fri Jun 12, 2009 1:25 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: BASQUE at UC Berkeley 7/25/09
Replies: 58
Views: 14205

Re: BASQUE at UC Berkeley 7/25/09

Another option if you move to a later date is a CaTO/TaCO mirror. It is the Sunday companion to VCU Open and is a little lower difficulty. I also have an all-music subject tournament that I am writing for that weekend that is certainly open for mirroring...
by Tower Monarch
Fri Jun 12, 2009 1:03 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Texas '08-'09
Replies: 82
Views: 9456

Re: Texas '08-'09

In any case, the idea that "you can not play a single tournament and send in a wildcard bid to naqt" and it will be accepted" is misleading. Sure, they may consider you, but you're at the end of a long list that may not even get used. NAQT accepts wild cards from teams with year-long good results i...
by Tower Monarch
Fri Jun 12, 2009 12:29 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CaTO/TaCO at VCU August 9
Replies: 67
Views: 18143

Re: CaTO/TaCO at VCU August 9

BuzzerZen wrote:
Tower Monarch wrote:(the difficulty section, specifically)
Whatever you might say, I am going to assume that this tournament will in fact be harder than VCU Open itself.
Hey, I'm writing half of this tournament and editing the other half. If Tommy did the whole thing, then you would probably be correct.
by Tower Monarch
Thu Jun 11, 2009 11:45 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CaTO/TaCO at VCU August 9
Replies: 67
Views: 18143

Re: CaTO/TaCO at VCU August 9

Since the field magically appeared over the last couple days, here is a tentative field that will (maybe) be updated: Teams (buzzers): Andy/Hannah/Rob/Bernadette Carter/Rosenthal/Angelo/Chen Taraila/Chrzanowski/Mehigan/Bollinger (1) TJ "B" Nathan/York +2 Cheyne/Guy/White (Evan?) +2 (Free) Agents: Je...
by Tower Monarch
Wed Jun 10, 2009 2:21 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CO Lit announcement
Replies: 80
Views: 23521

Re: CO Lit announcement

I'm playing and looking for a teammate not interested in winning who can get stuff outside American and British Lit (I usually only read stuff originally written in English).
by Tower Monarch
Tue Jun 09, 2009 3:06 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Next Year
Replies: 74
Views: 9764

Maggie Walker Next Year

With everybody doing deep enough analysis to look at Longfellow for TJ's future, I'm surprised no one has realized that Maggie Walker is allowed to play with 4 people. The NSC B team, who I respect very much (and who, looking at their performance against Cosby, obviously has the ability to "upset"),...
by Tower Monarch
Mon Jun 08, 2009 11:53 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NSC 09 question discussion
Replies: 132
Views: 17602

Re: NSC 09 question discussion

Slight correction, {x1,x2,...,xN} is linearly independent if {0,0,0,...0} is the only set of coefficients {a1,...,aN} that make the equation a1x1+a2x2+...+aNxN=0 true. This correction was pointless, as Mike clearly meant nontrivial (in this case non-0) coefficients, so his definition is completely ...
by Tower Monarch
Sun Jun 07, 2009 4:29 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NSC 09 question discussion
Replies: 132
Views: 17602

Re: NSC 09 question discussion

In this tossup: does interferometer come way too early? Probably, just because this is high school, but interferometers are used in so many experiments, buzzes there must be recognized as guesses only. It certainly does bring speed of light to mind faster than I imagine a Minkowski reference does (...
by Tower Monarch
Fri Jun 05, 2009 5:58 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Announcement: Geography Monstrosity (May 2009, Chicago)
Replies: 158
Views: 52062

Re: Announcement: Geography Monstrosity (May 2009, Chicago)

swwFCqb wrote:Have packets been posted anywhere? I'm not seeing them.
http://collegiate.quizbowlpackets.com/
by Tower Monarch
Fri Jun 05, 2009 5:00 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Discussion of using power matching at NSC
Replies: 42
Views: 9122

Re: Discussion of using power matching at NSC

Shcool wrote:Where are these results posted? I am interested in seeing how the pairing was done both for the first six games and after that.
http://naqt.com/hsnct/2003/results/stats.html