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by touchpack
Wed Mar 09, 2016 10:36 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: "stanford housewrite" Question-Specific Discussion
Replies: 41
Views: 10048

Re: Question-Specific Discussion

The tossup on cobalt has a clear hose for iron near the end. It reads: "The standard source for Mössbauer spectroscopy is an isotope of this metal that decays to iron-57." The way it should have been written is something like this: "An isotope of this metal beta decays into the standard gamma ray so...
by touchpack
Wed Mar 09, 2016 10:31 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: "stanford housewrite" Errata
Replies: 8
Views: 2325

Re: Errata

The Grubbs catalyst bonus appears in both packets 9 and 10. The oxidation tossup claims the Swern oxidation says "oxalyl acetate;" this is incorrect and it should read "oxalyl chloride." I thus interpreted the clue as "oxaloacetate" and got confused. The boron tossup states: "16. One atom of this el...
by touchpack
Wed Mar 09, 2016 10:26 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: "stanford housewrite" General Discussion
Replies: 21
Views: 5650

Re: General Discussion

The science in this tournament had a couple issues that were recurring but not pervasive. 1) Answerline issues Andrew and Victor already explained the problems with the rigid rotor and ssNMR questions, and I agree with them. It bears repeating that the ssNMR question was bad because a) it's very obv...
by touchpack
Tue Feb 16, 2016 12:59 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Can We Stop Doing This Tossup 0 Thing?
Replies: 26
Views: 8989

Re: Can We Stop Doing This Tossup 0 Thing?

Black Miao wrote:
touchpack wrote:in both cases the writer put in work to make sure he wrote a good question
i think you're remembering the ACFNATIONALS writing process very differently than I am
Can you show me any evidence you've ever put more effort into question writing?
by touchpack
Tue Feb 16, 2016 12:36 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Can We Stop Doing This Tossup 0 Thing?
Replies: 26
Views: 8989

Re: Can We Stop Doing This Tossup 0 Thing?

I'd like to point out that of two of the examples in this thread of a better execution of tossup 0 (at ACFNATIONALS and DRAGOON), neither of them were explicitly written as tossup 0s--in both cases the writer put in work to make sure he wrote a good question, but the editors decided that the topic w...
by touchpack
Mon Feb 15, 2016 12:05 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: "stanford housewrite" @ UChicago (3/5/16)
Replies: 19
Views: 11150

Re: "stanford housewrite" @ UChicago (3/5/16)

touchpack wrote:Kurtis Droge and I are playing this, seeking teammates.
Morgan Venkus and Chinmay Kansara have joined this team.
by touchpack
Thu Feb 11, 2016 1:24 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: "stanford housewrite" @ UChicago (3/5/16)
Replies: 19
Views: 11150

Re: "stanford housewrite" @ UChicago (3/5/16)

Kurtis Droge and I are playing this, seeking teammates.
by touchpack
Sun Feb 07, 2016 4:10 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question-specific discussion: 2016 Division II SCT
Replies: 16
Views: 3490

Re: Question-specific discussion: 2016 Division II SCT

Barry Marshall, not Barry Mitchell, is the name of the scientist who demonstrated that H. pylori causes gastric ulcers.
by touchpack
Mon Feb 01, 2016 8:01 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: AVOGADRO'S NUMBER
Replies: 81
Views: 34606

Re: AVOGADRO'S NUMBER

Ike and I will be playing this together.
by touchpack
Fri Dec 11, 2015 7:47 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Understanding science topics
Replies: 18
Views: 7720

Re: Understanding science topics

I think the place where you're going wrong is with the idea of learning "a clue". It's nearly impossible to understand anything in physics or math without significant background in the subject. You can't just "know what ladder operators are" without having an understanding of what they do, which re...
by touchpack
Fri Dec 11, 2015 1:25 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Understanding science topics
Replies: 18
Views: 7720

Re: Understanding science topics

to be honest that method just seems like just flashcarding definitions and doing word association? Absolutely. There's no way a high school student without knowledge of linear algebra is going to gain a profound understanding of graduate student-level mathematics just by clicking around on Wikipedi...
by touchpack
Fri Dec 11, 2015 1:55 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Understanding science topics
Replies: 18
Views: 7720

Re: Understanding science topics

If you're looking for a non-technical explanation of the ladder operators, you're not going to get one--it simply doesn't exist. If you want to learn quantum mechanics, you're going to need 3 semesters worth of calculus and 1 semester worth of linear algebra. You certainly CAN learn the math if you'...
by touchpack
Mon Aug 10, 2015 6:57 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open thanks and discussion
Replies: 34
Views: 16792

Re: Chicago Open thanks and discussion

Will there be an IRC reading of the finals packets? I'd love to hear more of this tournament.
by touchpack
Tue Jun 09, 2015 12:21 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 PACE NSC: Question set discussion
Replies: 65
Views: 29426

Re: 2015 PACE NSC: Question set discussion

Part of the aversion to organic chemistry in quizbowl is due to the fact that for a long period of time (maybe like 2005-2011 or something) chemistry in quizbowl was supersatured with organic chemistry, and by organic chemistry, I mean named reactions. It was really stupid how much stuff like the Wo...
by touchpack
Sat May 30, 2015 8:05 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACFNATIONALS - A JRPG tournament
Replies: 99
Views: 47210

Re: ACFNATIONALS - A JRPG tournament

Reminder: we are meeting near the conference rooms on the lobby level in 40 minutes
by touchpack
Tue May 12, 2015 12:19 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Welcome to the 2015 MUT Discussion forum!
Replies: 11
Views: 1937

Re: Welcome to the 2015 MUT Discussion forum!

The point Ike's trying to make here is not that the clues are necessarily "incorrect," but that they're confusing. For example, I googled the Brunt-Vaisala frequency, and most of the lecture note sources I found on the first page don't mention gravity waves at all. As someone who admittedly doesn't ...
by touchpack
Sun Apr 26, 2015 8:45 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2015 STIMPY: Question-Specific Discussion
Replies: 25
Views: 2996

Re: 2015 STIMPY: Question-Specific Discussion

Hidehiro Anto wrote:For the conjugation tossup, I said hyperconjugation and was deemed wrong. I protested this but the score rendered it moot, and to my knowledge it should've been accepted.
No, you're wrong. Sorry. These are completely different things.
by touchpack
Fri Apr 24, 2015 10:55 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals Submissions
Replies: 12
Views: 4983

Re: ACF Nationals Submissions

In my categories, Maryland was far and away the best packet. Big thanks to Brian for writing it--my only complaint is that it was so late in the game that I had to change multiple questions due to repeats so I could use his well-written tossups. Other packets that were good but not great (in order f...
by touchpack
Tue Apr 21, 2015 1:23 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2015 Discussion
Replies: 227
Views: 90044

Re: ACF Nationals 2015 Discussion

Thanks to everyone for coming out to ACF Nationals! As Ike said before, I put an enormous amount of work into this set, and it was a blast watching teams that ended up in all of the brackets play and enjoy my questions. I extend my thanks to Matt Jackson and Jerry Vinokurov for coordinating a very w...
by touchpack
Sat Apr 18, 2015 7:24 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Side events at the 2015 HSNCT
Replies: 11
Views: 7029

Re: Side events at the 2015 HSNCT

Ike and I are currently at the fake acf nationals and will respond to this after this weekend. Be aware though that acfnationals, the real one, has one audio packet which we were planning on running some time on friday for seeding purposes
by touchpack
Mon Mar 09, 2015 11:08 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals - Ann Arbor, MI, 04/18-19/2015 - main thread
Replies: 89
Views: 56702

Re: ACF Nationals - Ann Arbor, MI, 04/18-19/2015 - main thre

I've consulted with the other editors, and we've decided to change the science distribution required for submitted packets to the standard ACF distribution, which I have copy-pasted below. This means that rather than requiring that teams submit 2/2 other science, they are only required to submit 1/1...
by touchpack
Sun Feb 08, 2015 8:25 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2015 SCT general discussion
Replies: 24
Views: 4995

Re: 2015 SCT general discussion

I want to touch on the distribution itself very quickly, because it transitions nicely to my overall point about various categories that NAQT places higher priority on than ACF and circuit tournaments. NAQT college packets have 24 tossups and 24 bonuses. ACF packets have 20/20. Combined, the catego...
by touchpack
Thu Feb 05, 2015 1:43 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2015: 4/18-19 at the University of Michigan
Replies: 54
Views: 40271

Re: ACF Nationals 2015: 4/18-19 at the University of Michiga

Hello again, I have received 2 packets so far containing less than 1/1 physics. Please note that the distribution requires at least 1/1 in all 4 of the science categories (biology, chemistry, physics, other). I'm not going to penalize the teams that have already submitted packets, but let this be a ...
by touchpack
Sun Feb 01, 2015 4:09 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2015: 4/18-19 at the University of Michigan
Replies: 54
Views: 40271

Re: ACF Nationals 2015: 4/18-19 at the University of Michiga

Hey guys, I've consulted with the other editors, and we've decided to change the science distribution required for submitted packets to the standard ACF distribution, which I have copy-pasted below. This means that rather than requiring that teams submit 2/2 other science, they are only required to ...
by touchpack
Wed Apr 30, 2014 3:11 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Claude Shannon Memorial Tournament
Replies: 29
Views: 13993

Re: Claude Shannon Memorial Tournament

Madagascar Serpent Eagle wrote:I will gladly lose games to actual engineers at this.
Likewise, although maybe I'll get a tossup or two from my microelectronics processing class.
by touchpack
Tue Apr 29, 2014 8:08 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Science Player Poll
Replies: 24
Views: 8619

Re: Science Player Poll

1) Steven Hines (it's obvious guys, the stats make it indisputable, this guy has memorized every formula ever and knows all the terms in them. c^6 => Hawking radiation ezpz why do you even play this game you're just going to lose to Hines) 2) Jake Sundberg (he literally won his team Lederberg 2 by g...
by touchpack
Mon Apr 28, 2014 10:11 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Science Player Poll
Replies: 24
Views: 8619

Re: Science Player Poll

Andrew has real knowledge of biochem but needs to work on his packet studying if he wants to get more than 1 power at Lederberg
by touchpack
Mon Apr 28, 2014 6:34 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Player Poll 2014: WORD LIFE
Replies: 58
Views: 13469

Re: Player Poll 2014: WORD LIFE

Excelsior (smack) wrote:Can I just point out that it's ridiculous that _nobody_ voted for Sriram? Sriram is, at minimum, the third best science player in the game right now, and I'd personally put him even with Billy.
I can confirm Sriram is really really good--he had some sick buzzes in our game at Lederberg
by touchpack
Fri Apr 25, 2014 6:37 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Lederberg 2: Daughter Cell (3/29/14)
Replies: 155
Views: 59256

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

Ashvin, of course, the server logs + the impossible levels of improvement in stats are completely damning. The only reason people (Ike) are bringing up his defense of how he knew X Y and Z is not to argue that he must be guilty, but to openly mock him, because mocking deranged cheaters is fun. The f...
by touchpack
Fri Apr 25, 2014 2:02 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Lederberg 2: Daughter Cell (3/29/14)
Replies: 155
Views: 59256

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

Steven : Powering Hawking radiation from the formula for the power spectrum of Hawking radiation On my statistical mechanics problem set, we actually derived this - I remember because any problem that actually facilitates learning new physics on top of revieing old catches my attention - also a pro...
by touchpack
Thu Apr 24, 2014 1:16 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Lederberg 2: Daughter Cell (3/29/14)
Replies: 155
Views: 59256

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

Congrats to to Team Sam, who won the online tournament in a complete landslide! I would be remiss if I did not mention the Herculean efforts of a one Mr. Steven Hines, who went from a modest 16.29 PPG on a Division at SCT to follow his team to sixth place, to today, a mere two and a half months lat...
by touchpack
Sun Apr 20, 2014 1:53 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MUT @ Illinois (4/19)
Replies: 23
Views: 8568

Re: MUT @ Illinois (4/19)

Stats are posted here. Note that in the combined stats, Panda Express is listed as 4th, but they actually took 2nd. This is because one of their prelims losses was to a team that did not make the top bracket, and thus did not carry over.
by touchpack
Sat Apr 19, 2014 9:02 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MUT @ Illinois (4/19)
Replies: 23
Views: 8568

Re: MUT @ Illinois (4/19)

Chicago beat Panda Express in a 1-game final to win. Stats will be posted later.
by touchpack
Fri Apr 18, 2014 2:03 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MUT @ Illinois (4/19)
Replies: 23
Views: 8568

Re: MUT @ Illinois (4/19)

Is the field in the OP final? Your Facebook message to me seems to indicate that you got my e-mail and that we're in the field, but the OP seems to indicate otherwise. You should let me know either way so I don't drive us 2.5 hours to a tournament we aren't actually in the field for. If we are in, ...
by touchpack
Fri Apr 18, 2014 3:47 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MUT @ Illinois (4/19)
Replies: 23
Views: 8568

Re: MUT @ Illinois (4/19)

Mexdude wrote:What time do you want us there? In case you already sent an tourny info email can you send it to me again?
I sent you another copy of the info e-mail and PM'd you.
by touchpack
Sun Apr 06, 2014 7:40 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: General discussion
Replies: 25
Views: 3909

Re: General discussion

I'd like to praise the Earth Science [tossup] answerlines. They were all very good, from what I remember. I also want to discuss something I see a lot in NAQT and saw a little bit in MUT, which is that you don't accept common "abbreviations" for quantities/things/elements (from packet 1: prompt on ...
by touchpack
Sun Apr 06, 2014 7:02 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2014 ICT: general discussion
Replies: 75
Views: 12104

Re: 2014 ICT: general discussion

So I'm basically going to ignore a lot of what has been said above and present my own personal philosophy of question construction. Feel free to discuss whether or not you think it is good or not. When constructing my tossup's pyramid, I tend to think about two things when considering my middle clue...
by touchpack
Thu Apr 03, 2014 5:15 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2014 ICT: general discussion
Replies: 75
Views: 12104

Re: 2014 ICT: general discussion

I definitely know the Darwin term from quantum mechanics, but I can't imagine what a tossup on C.G. Darwin himself would look like. Perhaps he's known for a few other things but this seems pretty thin material-wise to me; I've never encountered his name in any other context. IIRC like 70-80% of the...
by touchpack
Sun Mar 30, 2014 3:09 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Lederberg 2: Daughter Cell (3/29/14)
Replies: 155
Views: 59256

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

This tournament was wacky and great. 10/10 would play again.

For anyone curious about results, the teitler/koo/sundberg/beyer team beat the busse/jose/mcpeak/silverman team in the finals 90-80.
by touchpack
Tue Mar 25, 2014 1:18 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MUT @ Illinois (4/19)
Replies: 23
Views: 8568

Re: MUT @ Illinois (4/19)

I just edited the OP with an information update. E-mail me with any questions.
by touchpack
Tue Mar 25, 2014 12:52 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Specific question discussion
Replies: 31
Views: 6347

Re: Specific question discussion

I don't much about CS, so I'll ask: In the "log" question, what other answer could it be when you say "the runtime of blah blah computer science is this function"? I felt like the answer was log from the 2nd line but didn't buzz because it seemed too obvious. Aren't most of the algorithm runtimes s...
by touchpack
Tue Mar 25, 2014 12:42 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: General discussion
Replies: 25
Views: 3909

Re: General discussion

I extend my thanks to Ike Jose for helping me finish the science during the last week--he wrote most of the computer science, most of the earth science, and the biology tossup on "shells." @Peter, if there were only a couple questions you feel were problematic, go ahead and feel free to post about t...
by touchpack
Sun Feb 23, 2014 11:00 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2014 ACF Regionals: General Discussion
Replies: 49
Views: 6715

Re: 2014 ACF Regionals: General Discussion

The science in this tournament was great. One thing the questions should be particularly commended for was the cutting away of extraneous words to make very clue-dense concise questions. While I was playing the tournament, I was wondering what the length cap was since the questions seemed to have a ...
by touchpack
Fri Feb 21, 2014 9:36 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MUT @ Illinois (4/19)
Replies: 23
Views: 8568

MUT @ Illinois (4/19)

This is the announcement for the Illinois mirror of the Minnesota Undergraduate Tournament . The goal for the difficulty is as follows: The difficulty of MUT 2014 will be similar to that of MUT 2013, with (ideally) some of the difficulty spikes evened out. The goal is to provide something 

along th...
by touchpack
Mon Feb 10, 2014 8:32 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Playtesting and revealing information about editing
Replies: 17
Views: 5774

Re: Playtesting and revealing information about editing

My hesitation with Skype is that this can be harder for people to participate in and also minimize noise--I assume many people who playtest things are somewhat multi-tasking which can be trickier with Skype. If this works, though, assuming a smallish group, go for it. I totally agree that it's alwa...
by touchpack
Mon Feb 10, 2014 8:29 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2014 SCT: general discussion
Replies: 35
Views: 5535

Re: 2014 SCT: general discussion

For the record, what I actually said was "cosmic distance model," which I assume was accepted because "model" and "ladder" have the same meter or something. It was not an intentional Daichi and I had no idea the distance "ladder" was a concept so I didn't think I'd gotten away with anything. I too ...
by touchpack
Mon Feb 10, 2014 8:11 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Playtesting and revealing information about editing
Replies: 17
Views: 5774

Re: Playtesting and revealing information about editing

Something I personally believe should become standard practice is doing away with the IRC and playtesting over Skype instead. You get a better idea of how your questions are actually going to play in a real game, and in my opinion, you catch more typos/grammar errors when you actually read your ques...
by touchpack
Mon Feb 10, 2014 2:25 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Lederberg 2: Daughter Cell (3/29/14)
Replies: 155
Views: 59256

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

There are currently 35 people who want to play this tournament, and the field cap is set for 32 people. Is this tournament going to remain doubles, is further interest simply going to be met by expanding the field to massive size? I'd like to know so I can start figuring out who I want to play with ...
by touchpack
Mon Feb 10, 2014 1:07 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2014 SCT: specific questions
Replies: 50
Views: 7663

Re: 2014 SCT: specific questions

Hey, so I may or may not post more about this tournament later but I'm just going to point this out for now. In division 2, there's a chemistry tossup on "P" that leads in like this: "This letter denotes a 'coefficient' equal to the ratio of a substance's solubility in octanol and water" So I recogn...
by touchpack
Sun Feb 09, 2014 10:53 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2014 SCT: general discussion
Replies: 35
Views: 5535

Re: 2014 SCT: general discussion

So this isn't actually about the SCT questions, but it involves SCT question content, so I'm posting it here. If a moderator believes that this discussion merits a new thread, feel free to split it off. Twice in our games at the Chicago mirror, a moderator made a mistake regarding acceptable answers...