Fast Facts

Q: Are you allowed to use two of the same words for a different category? (ie. Zeroth Law of Thermodynamics for the category "Physics" and "Statistical Mechanics" under the letter Z). (section: 3/ paragraph:  g/ sub-paragraph:  / line: 2)

A: Yes, the same answer can receive credit if they're for different categories.

Q: If a famous person is generally known by only one name "Archimedes" or "Galileo", can students use the name?  (section: 3/ paragraph:  h/ sub-paragraph:  / line: 1)

A: No, per section 3.h. "If the category asks for the name of a person, both the given (first) and surname (last) of a person must be written. Archimedes' full name is Archimedes of Syracuse and Galileo's full name is Galileo Galilei.

Q: If a category requires the name of an organism to be given, should scientific or common name be used? Example: If the category was "Invasive Species", would you write Zebra Mussel or Dreissena polymorpha?  (section: / paragraph:  / sub-paragraph:  / line:2 )

A: It depends on the category description. If it said "Invasive Species" then either the common or scientific name would be acceptable. Please note if the answer has more than one word, the first letter of the 1st word is used (rule 3.f). Rule 3.g. also allows students to get credit for only one form of a response.

Q:  Are elemental symbols considered to be abbreviations? For example, could Na be a valid answer for an element beginning with the letter N or must "sodium" be used? (section: 3/ paragraph:  i/ sub-paragraph:  / line: )

A: It depends on the description of the category. If the category was "name of element" then the atomic symbol could not be used. If it was "nuclear (atomic) symbol" then the name could not be used. However, if the category was "element" or "chemical element" the student could use either the name of the element or the nuclear (atomic) symbol. Please note that if the category was "name of chemical compound" and the letters were "N" and "S" the student could not use "NaCl" and "sodium chloride" as both terms are different forms for the same substance. (rule 3.g)

Q: In our answers must our terms be scientific or can we also say common known names or nicknames? Such as would you accept flu instead of influenza? (section: 3/ paragraph:  b/ sub-paragraph:  / line:4,5 )

A: It depends on how the category is phrased. If it does not specifically ask for scientific name then either are correct. Rule 3.g prevents students from using different forms of the same term apply. So if the letters in the grid were "f" and "i" the student would only get credit for either flu or influenza, but not both.