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by touchpack
Sun Feb 24, 2013 3:51 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: SCIENCE SCIENCE SCIENCE !!!
Replies: 9
Views: 9156

Re: SCIENCE SCIENCE SCIENCE !!!

I don't think any of these options are necessarily the best for approaching "Quiz Bowl" science. Problem with Quiz Bowl science is that it is almost always asking conceptual or definition questions and this only works in biology out of the major sciences. Both Chemistry and Physics are primarily eq...
by touchpack
Mon Feb 18, 2013 5:50 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: SCIENCE SCIENCE SCIENCE !!!
Replies: 9
Views: 9156

Re: SCIENCE SCIENCE SCIENCE !!!

Trying to study science "for quizbowl" (e.g. reading packets or lists) isn't going to work very well if you lack baseline knowledge--taking AP Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and/or Calculus will help you immensely, if your school offers them. I've heard good things about Khan Academy as well if you ca...
by touchpack
Wed Feb 13, 2013 5:48 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Region 5 SCT - Feb. 9 at UT - Knoxville
Replies: 66
Views: 17249

Re: Region 5 SCT - Feb. 9 at UT - Knoxville

The D-value being used for the teams from this site is taking both DI and DII into account under the place of finish (it's out of 28 teams instead of 7 or 21). I'm not sure how the D-value is calculated, so I have no idea if this is affecting it, but it's something I noticed that doesn't happen wit...
by touchpack
Sun Feb 10, 2013 9:03 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Nature of Studying
Replies: 53
Views: 17285

Re: Nature of Studying

This is, essentially, an extension of "easy high school quiz bowl is too easy to challenge me. Therefore, it must be redesigned so it is a challenge for me. Nevermind the consequences of that, such as sets being dramatically harder for new high school teams, or high school teams that don't have the...
by touchpack
Sun Feb 10, 2013 8:22 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Nature of Studying
Replies: 53
Views: 17285

Re: Nature of Studying

Glancing at your other posts, it seems nearly all your exposure to questions is through ProtoBowl -- it's totally logical that you would believe knowing Stribeck curve is enough to always get you questions on friction when all you have seen are the same two or three tossups on friction repeated ove...
by touchpack
Sun Feb 10, 2013 7:47 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Nature of Studying
Replies: 53
Views: 17285

Re: Nature of Studying

And yeah, Kevin, Billy is totally right -- don't try to argue that any question which your "you say Ives-Stilwell I say Doppler!" cheerleading routine fails is flawed. It's your strategy that is. That's the last thing I'm advocating. I don't pull this association :bees: at nationals (and I haven't ...
by touchpack
Sun Feb 10, 2013 3:57 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Nature of Studying
Replies: 53
Views: 17285

Re: Nature of Studying

I got a few powers here and there by hearing "Ives-Stilwell" and buzzing in with "Doppler effect" every time. Then, at PACE, this question came up: This effect was first experimentally verified when Ives and Stilwell observed the exact decrease in frequency predicted by the transverse Doppler effec...
by touchpack
Thu Feb 07, 2013 5:48 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Let's Talk About Science History
Replies: 44
Views: 7937

Re: Let's Talk About Science History

This is not a particularly strong argument. Physics is also "so fundamental" (it would be hard to argue that it is less fundamental), so perhaps there is 1.3/1.3 physics in the 1/1 physics model. This is not necessarily a reason to reduce the physics distribution; it is a factual statement about th...
by touchpack
Tue Feb 05, 2013 2:08 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Let's Talk About Science History
Replies: 44
Views: 7937

Re: Let's Talk About Science History

I'm going to be honest. I don't like science history replacing chemistry. In fact, I want this trend to stop. I think people who replace chemistry with something else are largely lazy and uncreative about writing interesting questions on chemistry. Its certainly possible to write 1/1 chemistry for ...
by touchpack
Mon Feb 04, 2013 6:05 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MUT @ UIUC (4/20)
Replies: 12
Views: 5342

Re: MUT @ UIUC (4/20)

Indeed it has--in order to not conflict with people's spring breaks, we have moved the tournament to the 20th of April.
by touchpack
Fri Jan 18, 2013 10:43 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MUT @ UIUC (4/20)
Replies: 12
Views: 5342

MUT @ UIUC (4/20)

The University of Illinois will be hosting a mirror of the Minnesota Undergraduate Tournament on April 20th, a tournament written by Rob Carson, Mike Cheyne, Bernadette Spencer, Andrew Hart, Matt Menard (of UChicago), and Gaurav Kandlikar. This set's difficulty will be lower than regular--for a bett...
by touchpack
Fri Dec 07, 2012 2:49 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question Specific Discussion
Replies: 53
Views: 6487

Re: Question Specific Discussion

Here's the scattering TU: 15. One method for solving this type of problem assumes the potential is spherically symmetric and expresses the solution as a sum of partial waves. Solving this type of problem entails finding the angle in terms of the impact parameter. The square of the namesake amplitude...
by touchpack
Tue Nov 20, 2012 2:01 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MO Side Event: Oh You Didn't Know...This Was Vanity?
Replies: 32
Views: 10311

Re: MO Side Event: Oh You Didn't Know...This Was Vanity?

Afterwards, Connor Teevens read his 80 tossups. Rob Carson handily won, although I somehow took second despite the vast amounts of music/video games (I think, either Ike or Aaron Rosenberg or Billy Busse can expose me as a liar if I didn't them pass in the last few tossups). Out of the 3 of us, Aar...
by touchpack
Sun Nov 11, 2012 9:46 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question-specific discussion
Replies: 116
Views: 22408

Re: Question-specific discussion

Maybe there is some odd technicality that makes what I am about to say wrong, but rockslike shale are NOT minerals. They are conglomerations of minerals and other substances, which means that they do not have an explicit and consistent chemical structure. That made playing this question very confus...
by touchpack
Fri Oct 26, 2012 4:06 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question-specific discussion
Replies: 116
Views: 22408

Re: Question-specific discussion

Hey, Illinois was playing the last packets in practice the other day, and there was a tossup on histones that basically began "these proteins that form octamers..." The octameric structure of histones is one of the most well-known things about them, and should be right before "nucleosome." Example: ...
by touchpack
Sun Oct 14, 2012 7:38 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: IFT @ Illinois (10/13/12)
Replies: 15
Views: 5994

Re: IFT @ Illinois (10/13/12)

Sorry for the delay, one of the games wasn't entered into the stats and I had wait for Tom to e-mail me the electronic scoresheet.

Stats can be found here
by touchpack
Wed Oct 10, 2012 2:54 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: IFT @ Illinois (10/13/12)
Replies: 15
Views: 5994

Re: IFT @ Illinois (10/13/12)

Bumping due to logistics update and to note that the field is now closed.
by touchpack
Mon Oct 01, 2012 10:55 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question-specific discussion
Replies: 116
Views: 22408

Re: Question-specific discussion

I think the "halogenation" question should accept "free radical reaction" before free radicals are mentioned, or at least move the mention of "free radicals" to the beginning of that sentence, because radical reactions are as much of a thing as halogenation reactions are. I'd like to see this tossu...
by touchpack
Sun Sep 23, 2012 2:42 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Collegiate Novice 3 @ Illinois (9/22/12)
Replies: 1
Views: 1020

Re: Collegiate Novice 3 @ Illinois (9/22/12)

Illinois D (Kevin, Nicholas) cleared the field with a 7-0 record to win. Illinois C (Tim, Tom) took second place.

Stats can be found here
by touchpack
Fri Sep 14, 2012 12:10 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: IFT @ Illinois (10/13/12)
Replies: 15
Views: 5994

Re: IFT @ Illinois (10/13/12)

mr_basque wrote:Just confirming the date for this tournament. It is in fact 10/13 correct? Is there an email for the TD? I have a question related to a team that would like to enter.
The tournament is in fact on 10/13, and I am the TD. My e-mail is busse4@illinois.edu
by touchpack
Mon Sep 10, 2012 9:40 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: IFT @ Illinois (10/13/12)
Replies: 15
Views: 5994

Re: IFT @ Illinois (10/13/12)

Bumping for field + location update.
by touchpack
Mon Sep 03, 2012 10:06 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Collegiate Novice 3 @ Illinois (9/22/12)
Replies: 1
Views: 1020

Collegiate Novice 3 @ Illinois (9/22/12)

The University of Illinois will be hosting a mirror of the Early Collegiate Novice Tournament on September 22, 2012. This tournament is aimed at freshman and sophomore college players with low amounts of quizbowl experience, and eligibility rules will be enforced in order to make this tournament a p...
by touchpack
Fri Aug 03, 2012 4:20 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open Discussion
Replies: 85
Views: 28150

Re: Chicago Open Discussion

Cutting out a giveaway that "steps outside the question" is something that I think is reasonable at hard events - for example, it should have been done on that "trans effect" tossup. That's a fine really hard thing to write about - but it shouldn't end by saying to the player "durr, it's the opposi...
by touchpack
Thu Aug 02, 2012 3:47 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: UIUC ABT presents Earlybird (10/06/12)
Replies: 34
Views: 20257

Re: UIUC ABT presents Earlybird (10/13/12)

Hey, just so everyone knows, this tournament is moving to 10/6/12.

Edited the topic title to reflect that--mgmt.
by touchpack
Wed Jul 25, 2012 9:08 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open Discussion
Replies: 85
Views: 28150

Re: Chicago Open Discussion

I was under the impression that the word "factor" was used only for dimensionless numbers that produce some sort of multiplicative correction due to some effect (in this case, due to the fact that gasses have a non-zero compressibility, PV = nRT changes to PV = ZnRT). At least, the compressibility, ...
by touchpack
Wed Jul 25, 2012 4:13 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open Discussion
Replies: 85
Views: 28150

Re: Chicago Open Discussion

So I was the writer of the compressibility factor tossup, and here are my thoughts: I forgot to add "accept Z" to the answerline, so it appears SteveJon added "prompt Z" I wrote the tossup from Introduction to Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics 7th ed by Smith, Van Ness, and Abbott. They exclusivel...
by touchpack
Thu Jul 05, 2012 12:25 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: IFT @ Illinois (10/13/12)
Replies: 15
Views: 5994

IFT @ Illinois (10/13/12)

This is the Illinois site of the Illinois Fall Tournament , a housewrite done by myself, Austin Listerud, and Ike Jose. Jonathan Magin will be overseeing the project and helping with things such as difficulty control. Difficulty will be "easy." (ACF Fall and MUT from the past few years are a good re...
by touchpack
Fri May 04, 2012 7:11 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Applying player stats
Replies: 9
Views: 3149

Re: Applying player stats

Looking at some top college teams , I would say successful leading contributors tend to be no worse than 3:1 gets/neg, where successful supporting players tend to be no worse than 5-6:1 (obviously some players neg more or less than this though since there are a multitude of winning buzzer strategies...
by touchpack
Mon Apr 30, 2012 2:22 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CO Matchmaking
Replies: 21
Views: 6165

Re: CO Matchmaking

Austin Listerud and I are looking for teammates. I have some science knowledge, Austin can get a few things across the board but is best at myth. We certainly won't be expecting to contend though. Contact me at busse4@illinois.edu if interested.
by touchpack
Sun Apr 29, 2012 11:29 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MUT 2012 Discussion
Replies: 53
Views: 8447

Re: MUT 2012 Discussion

The Wittig reaction tossup was also fraudable because it seems to be the only reaction that is tossed up at this level. You can toss up Diels-Alder at this difficulty too! (although yes, at low difficulty levels tossups on specific chemical reactions tend to be hard) Unless a bunch of rooms saw 1st...
by touchpack
Tue Apr 17, 2012 7:24 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2012 MUT @ UIUC (4/14)
Replies: 18
Views: 8284

Re: 2012 MUT @ UIUC (4/14)

Stats have been posted here
by touchpack
Fri Apr 13, 2012 7:59 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2012 MUT @ UIUC (4/14)
Replies: 18
Views: 8284

Re: 2012 MUT @ UIUC (4/14) (need one more team!)

DePauw has dropped, so there is room for one more team. E-mail me to get the spot.
by touchpack
Thu Apr 12, 2012 8:46 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open?
Replies: 46
Views: 7182

Re: Chicago Open?

Just have Ike write a bunch of tossups on quantum mysticism. Close enough.
by touchpack
Tue Apr 10, 2012 4:00 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals prediction thread
Replies: 48
Views: 9291

Re: ACF Nationals prediction thread

(I'm not sure: is this an unusual situation? Are the highest PPG and PPB teams usually one and the same?) I think it was noted a few years back that teams comprised mostly of subject specialists can rack up PPB (as specialists 30 things that are in their field), while teams composed of generalists ...
by touchpack
Mon Apr 02, 2012 2:39 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2012 ICT: question-specific discussion
Replies: 48
Views: 11577

Re: 2012 ICT: question-specific discussion

Friedman and Telegdi saw changes in this quantity in pion decay chains. Its namesake operator has eigenvalues plus and minus one, and corresponds to reflection through the origin. This quantity's maximal violation was seen in the angular distribution of electrons from beta decay of polarized (*) co...
by touchpack
Mon Apr 02, 2012 12:59 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2012 ICT: question-specific discussion
Replies: 48
Views: 11577

Re: 2012 ICT: question-specific discussion

Hey, could you post the parity tossup (D1)?

I remember the tossup saying that the eigenvalues of "its operator" are +/- 1. As far as I can discern from my textbook and the internet, the same applies for spin. Can someone more knowledgeable tell whether or not the clue is ambiguous and to me why?
by touchpack
Tue Mar 06, 2012 1:54 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Peaceful Resolution Discussion
Replies: 210
Views: 53938

Re: Peaceful Resolution Discussion

My team didn't get magnetic quantum number or spin-orbit coupling and I don't know how much of that was our fault and how much of that was suboptimal prompts. -Seth FWIW, Sorice thought that that bonus was factually incorrect. I don't have the physics knowledge of Sorice or the set, so I can't make...
by touchpack
Mon Mar 05, 2012 3:54 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Peaceful Resolution Discussion
Replies: 210
Views: 53938

Re: Peaceful Resolution Discussion

What on earth is the organometallics tossup doing naming several metals and using clues like "ones containing iron?" Yeah, that tossup pretty much sucked. From what I remember (don't have the set...), it was basically a cascade of "this one contains kerfuckium" "this one contains blabstanium," with...
by touchpack
Wed Feb 29, 2012 3:31 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2012 MUT @ UIUC (4/14)
Replies: 18
Views: 8284

Re: 2012 MUT @ UIUC (4/14)

Updated note on eligibility: This tournament is for undergraduates. You can be any year in playing as an undergraduate as long as you are in a typical degree-earning program. By undergraduate, I am defining as "have not earned a bachelor's degree" or the equivalent of such (i.e., you can have played...
by touchpack
Wed Feb 22, 2012 6:35 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Odd Ways of Learning Things
Replies: 177
Views: 127232

Re: Odd Ways of Learning Things

itsthatoneguy wrote:
Therizinosaurus wrote:I've gotten two tossups on Prague because I've been to Prague.
Spongebob is always enlightening as well: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HcC8Nnut5ag
I will see your Spongebob, and raise you an American Dad
by touchpack
Wed Feb 22, 2012 2:10 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals 2012 Discussion
Replies: 119
Views: 34968

Re: ACF Regionals 2012 Discussion

One thing I would point out in this IUPAC discussion is that not all IUPAC names are made equal--the "stilbene from benzaldehyde" clue in the Wittig tossup is much easier to parse and buzz on than the clue in the Claisen TU, but it's not necessarily a bad thing that the clue in the Claisen is harder...
by touchpack
Tue Feb 21, 2012 2:29 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals 2012 Discussion
Replies: 119
Views: 34968

Re: ACF Regionals 2012 Discussion

So this is off topic from the main discussion, but I'd like to point out a couple general things about tossing up named reactions using examples from this tournament. 7.In the degradation of threonine to glycine, the PLP aided reverse of this reaction liberates a sulfur containing compound. The reve...
by touchpack
Sun Feb 19, 2012 8:15 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals 2012 Discussion
Replies: 119
Views: 34968

Re: ACF Regionals 2012 Discussion

There were weird things that came about due to the head editor not removing duplicate answer lines, like two tossups on "time" in consecutive rounds (one in computer science and one in philosophy), plus another physics TU on "time reversal" later. I see absolutely nothing wrong with this, consideri...
by touchpack
Mon Feb 06, 2012 9:22 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2012 MUT @ UIUC (4/14)
Replies: 18
Views: 8284

2012 MUT @ UIUC (4/14)

This is the Illinois mirror of the Minnesota Undergraduate Tournament , a collaboration to be written and edited by various members of the Illinois and Minnesota quiz bowl teams. Difficulty will be around that of ACF Fall, possibly swinging slightly harder. Eligibility This tournament is open to und...
by touchpack
Mon Feb 06, 2012 9:33 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2012 SCT individual question discussion
Replies: 114
Views: 13358

Re: talk about individual questions here

Can you post the aldehydes tossup? (DI) I remember thinking it was unusually hard when I played it.
by touchpack
Thu Feb 02, 2012 7:16 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Closed: February 2, 2013
Replies: 38
Views: 16454

Re: VCU Closed: February 2, 2013

5/5 science (exactly 1/1 biology, 1/1 physics, and 1 question each on chemistry, earth science, astronomy, math, computer science, and science history) I think this is an interesting alteration to the science distribution and I'm curious to see what people think of it and how it plays. What does "s...
by touchpack
Thu Dec 29, 2011 9:54 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Distribution
Replies: 60
Views: 10774

Re: ACF Distribution

I think what Ben is trying to get at is what is it about biology/chemistry/physics that makes them get a different share of the distribution than math/cs/earth/astro/other, which comes down to real-life importance (after all, there are Nobel Prizes in Bio/Chem/Physics but not astronomy) and depth of...
by touchpack
Sun Dec 18, 2011 4:17 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Distribution
Replies: 60
Views: 10774

Re: ACF Distribution

Wait so some people are talking about tossing up orogenies when others also say (or have said) that math and cs don't deserve a larger portion of the distribution... because there's not enough askable answers or it's somehow less important? I guess this is the appropriate thread to wonder why math ...
by touchpack
Mon Nov 14, 2011 2:04 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: WUStL Updates Statistics Live!: real-time Web scorekeeping
Replies: 30
Views: 15734

Re: WUStL Updates Statistics Live!: real-time Web scorekeeping

I played at GIT, and really think this is a great program that I hope sees more use in the future. One thing that I noticed though, was a couple times the system gave a team -5 for the question but did not award the player that negged the neg (obviously not a HUGE deal, but it does alter the individ...
by touchpack
Mon Nov 07, 2011 3:37 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall 2011 Discussion
Replies: 105
Views: 13964

Re: ACF Fall 2011 Discussion

The whole Graham's Law clue in the Georgia Tech A packet refers to both the answer (diffusion) and a thing that is not the answer (effusion). From my experience, chemistry classes treat Graham's Law as a Law of Effusion. While this is correct, who actually buzzes in at ACF Fall with an answer line ...