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Periodic table posters in classrooms

Posted: Wed Nov 19, 2014 4:50 am
by no ice
Should teams be allowed to freely look at or consult the giant periodic table poster in a science classroom during a game, if covering it up or taking it down is not an option?

Re: Periodic table posters in classrooms

Posted: Wed Nov 19, 2014 10:03 am
by RexSueciae
Given that teams usually have only 5 seconds or so to answer bonuses and such, and that tossups on elements rarely give information like "name this element with atomic number 10" until the very end of the question, I'm not sure of the utility of consulting a classroom poster during a game.

Re: Periodic table posters in classrooms

Posted: Wed Nov 19, 2014 11:49 am
by Cheynem
I would say it's probably the same thing as there being a poster with all the presidents or a giant map; everyone has an equal advantage (unless I guess it's a bonus, but hopefully we're not writing binary matching bonuses anymore) and the advantage is probably nil.

Re: Periodic table posters in classrooms

Posted: Wed Nov 19, 2014 12:07 pm
by Cody
Back in the olden days (and also in these days), VHSL had these covered up.

In a normal quizbowl match w/ 5-second rules there is no time to use them. Nor do most people have the eyesight required.

Re: Periodic table posters in classrooms

Posted: Wed Nov 19, 2014 3:32 pm
by alexdz
I have never found this to be a problem. If you think it might be, simply facing the game setup in another direction will probably help, if that's possible.

Re: Periodic table posters in classrooms

Posted: Wed Nov 19, 2014 9:07 pm
by Ben Dillon
Cheynem wrote:I would say it's probably the same thing as there being a poster with all the presidents or a giant map; everyone has an equal advantage (unless I guess it's a bonus, but hopefully we're not writing binary matching bonuses anymore) and the advantage is probably nil.
If only one team can see it and the other cannot, it conceivably make a difference. I'd err on the side of avoiding the appearance of impropriety.

Re: Periodic table posters in classrooms

Posted: Wed Nov 19, 2014 9:17 pm
by Important Bird Area
2013 FKT round 4 wrote:In one work by this man, Clodia disrupts a festival, and in another work, the protagonist holds several jobs after his car breaks down in 1926 Newport, Rhode Island. In addition to writing The Ides of March and Theophilus North, he wrote a work which has characters such as Judge Moses and the poet Homer. Another play, set in Grover’s Corners, sees George Gibbs and Emily Webb getting married. For 10 points, name this American playwright and author of The Skin of Our Teeth and Our Town.
I read this at Sacramento Jesuit. There was a giant poster up in the classroom advertising Jesuit's fall play: a production of... Theophilus North!

Re: Periodic table posters in classrooms

Posted: Wed Nov 19, 2014 10:23 pm
by gimmedatguudsuccrose
Our team once 30'd a bonus on tectonic plates due to the presence of a large map of the world complete with tectonic plates.

Re: Periodic table posters in classrooms

Posted: Wed Nov 19, 2014 10:44 pm
by jonpin
This is one of those things that can be a minor issue and can be difficult to eliminate. I do think that one time, I disqualified an answer from a person who ostentatiously looked over my shoulder at the periodic table on the wall.

Re: Periodic table posters in classrooms

Posted: Wed Nov 19, 2014 11:30 pm
by ryanrosenberg
jonpin wrote:I do think that one time, I disqualified an answer from a person who ostentatiously looked over my shoulder at the periodic table on the wall.
Heh, I think that was me.

Re: Periodic table posters in classrooms

Posted: Wed Nov 19, 2014 11:36 pm
by AKKOLADE
bird bird bird bird bird wrote:I read this at Sacramento Jesuit. There was a giant poster up in the classroom advertising Jesuit's fall play: a production of... Theophilus North!

Re: Periodic table posters in classrooms

Posted: Thu Nov 20, 2014 2:19 am
by dtaylor4
My question would be, where can a moderator draw the line and just replace the bonus?