(section: 2 / paragraph: b / line: 1)
No. Computers/tablets/etc generally aren't allowed in Science Olympiad events unless explicitly permitted in the specific event rules, since they can potentially violate multiple general rules.
(section: 2 / paragraph: c / line: 1)
It only needs to fit into the box at impound, however note that there isn't any explicit time stated in the rules to allow for assembly, thus it will be up to individual event supervisors as to whether time is given to all teams, or if a team must assemble during their part 2 testing time.
No, only the device, tools, and supplies must be impounded. Reference materials, writing utensils, and calculators do not need to be impounded.
(section: 2 / paragraph: c / line: 1-2)
The device must only be within specification in the ready to use position. This means that they must not have to make adjustments to the device that will put it out of spec before using the device. If the device incidentally falls out of specification during use, that will be acceptable as the measurement only occurs before operation (but when it is ready to use.)
(section: 2 / paragraph: c / line: 2)
That is up to the individual event supervisor. It's recommended that they get a MS and TS of 0 for not making an honest attempt.
(section: 2 / paragraph: e / line: 1-2)
General rule #2 applies, they can do either.
(section: 2 / paragraph: f / line: 3)
Any masses used in this manner must be fixed in place before impound.
(section: 2 / paragraph: f / sub-paragraph: none / line: 1)
Yes, the mass ranges apply to both Known and Unknown Masses per rule 2.f.
(section: 3 / paragraph: a / line: 1)
Yes, as long as there is no mechanical advantage due to the connection.
(section: 4 / paragraph: a / sub-paragraph: iii / line: 5)
Yes, Belt and Pulley sare included as part of the Pulley simple machine type for both Simple Machines and Complex Machines.
(section: 4 / paragraph: a / sub-paragraph: iii. / line: 1)
Yes, there potentially could be as they apply to those machines.
(section: 4 / paragraph: a / sub-paragraph: iii5 / line: 5)
(section: 4 / paragraph: b / line: 1)
No, teams can utilize the flexible loops on the masses to hang them, or they can set the entire mass on their own hanger of some sort.
(section: 4 / paragraph: b / sub-paragraph: i / line: 1)
Yes, the rules state that students are to use both the known mass and a lever to determine an unknown mass.
For Division C Compound Machines, the measurement device must be a Compound Machine consisting of two levers following the construction parameters provided in Section 4.b.. You must use both levers and a hanging mass to determine the unknown mass. Using one lever is not within the spirit of the problem.
(section: 4 / paragraph: b / sub-paragraph: v / line: 1)
Yes, as long as the hooks are only used for attachment and the entire device only uses the Law of the Lever for calculating the unknown mass. General rule #2 applies: http://www.soinc.org/ethics_rules
(section: 4 / paragraph: b / sub-paragraph: v / line: 3)
No, a spring scale would not be within the spirit of the problem and would violate general rule #2, in addition to not abiding by rule 4.b.v. regarding using only the principles of a lever to calculate the mass.
(section: 5 / paragraph: b / line: 1)
Points will be assigned to the significant figures of the measuring equipment available to the supervisors. Contact local tournaments for information to the precision of their tools.
(section: 5 / paragraph: c / line: 1)
The mass score will be decimal, based on the precision of the measurement tools used by the Event Supervisor.