Physics Olympiad • Organization in the US • Sample Problems • Schedules • History • Plans for development in Indiana
Physics Olympiad started in Eastern Europe in the early 50’s • In Poland it was initiateted by prof. W.Rubinowocz from University of Warsaw • In 1951 Polish Physical Society created a committee to organize Physics Olympiad for high school students.
II High School level (graded by the PO Committee) I High School level (volunteer) III Regional (state) (Theoretical & Experimental) IV National (Theoretical & Experimental) Organization … After 40 years 60 countries have similar programs in place. International PO (1st in 1967 in Warsaw)
Motivation • Promote physics and math in high schools • Increase enrollment of physics and other science majors • Identify exceptional talents • Development of physics curriculum
International Physics Olympiad Every year in a different country 5 students from all participating countries
AAPT Schedule • November : Applications sent out to high school physics teachers • January : First preliminary exam multiple choice + essay questions (to be graded by the teachers) • February : Second preliminary exam (to be administered by teachers, graded by PO coaches) • May : 20-25 Finalists are selected to a participate in a training camp at U.of M.
Physics Olympiad Syllabus • Mechanics of Rigid Bodies • Mechanics • Hydromechanics • Thermodynamics and Molecular Physics • Oscillations and waves • Electric Charge and Electric Field • Current and Magnetic Field • Electromagnetic waves • Quantum Physics • Relativity • Matter http://www.physics.indiana.edu/~aszczepa/ACPphysics/olympiad/olympiad.html
AACP 1999 Physics Olympiad Screening Test (page 1)
Two parallel rolling pins separated by a distance 2l are rotating with identical, constant angular velocities as show. A uniform wooden plate of weight P is placed on top of them in such a way that its center of gravity is slightly shifted with respect to the mid point between the pins. The coefficient of friction between the plate and pins is f. Describe the motion of the plate. Sample problems P 2l
An infinite square lattice is made out of electrical wires. Resistance of a single link is R. What is the equivalent resistance RAB of the lattice if connected to an electric circuit at two nearby lattice sites. B A
Proposal for Indiana High Schools • October : inform students, identify students interested in participation, get schools on AAPT mailing list. • November-January : Training program : Web based, training sessions by teachers and IU faculty (1-2 hour sessions/week) • Create prize fund for top participants.