I thought the computational math was right on target. I think one of the good things about Aegis is many of its writers have been players recently enough that they know what is and isn't doable in thirty seconds.gack1224 wrote:Well, throughout the day, it was VERY VERY difficult to answer ANY of the computational math questions. Even though there were given ways of solving them, most people got the answer too late (probably could have done it in a minute). All in all the physics and calculus questions were difficult except when they were almost a little easy (friction and inertia).
The world history ones were alright, but my team thought there were too many Russians.
The bonus questions were good overall. However, there were some that were way too easy and slanted the round. For example, the MLB playoffs bonus questions were an EASY 20 points. Same thing with the iPod question.
Good questions overall, but maybe a little more variety. I'd rather be asked to name generals than name the forts in certain states.
I don't know enough world history to contribute my thoughts on that matter, although I don't recall noticing an undue amount of Russia-related stuff.
I don't recall an iPod bonus, but I do agree that the MLB playoff one and the Taylor series one (which, incidentally, should've instead referenced Maclaurin series or said 'centered at zero') were either going to be 0 or 20 points for the team. No one is going to know enough to get some of them but not enough to get them all.
In general, I thought the questions were very well-written and well-selected, although I would agree that the questions about inertia and friction were a little easier than I'd expect noncomputational physics questions to be. In any case, thanks to Aegis for their part in a great tournament.