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Duluth Physics Olympiad


Physics Olympiads are competitions in Physics for high-school and college students. The Olympiad competitions are held regularly in many countries and are conducted at city, regional, state, country, and international levels. For example, each year the American Association of Physics Teachers and the American Institute of Physics sponsor a competition for high school students to represent the United States at the international level. The mission of these Physics competitions is to promote and demonstrate academic excellence and to provide intellectual stimulation for students interested in physical sciences. It is to encourage excellence in physics education and to reward outstanding physics students.

The competitions consist of two parts: a theoretical part that involves solving problems (commonly three problems in the areas of physics taught in schools) and an experimental part that requires setting up creative experiments and performing measurements. The time for each part is several hours.

Though the students compete individually, scoring is often kept for the teams, as teams of students from the same school (state, country, etc.) often train together for these events. In Duluth olympiads, we allow teamwork in the experimental part of the competition.

Organizers:

Prof. Vitaly Vanchurin, University of Minnesota, Duluth
Prof. Sergei Katsev, University of Minnesota, Duluth


III Duluth Physics Olympiad

University of Minnesota, Duluth

Date: April 23rd, 2016

Eligibility: High-school and Undergraduate students

Winners:
Evan Severson, First place, $100 prize,
Joseph Kebbekus, First place, $100 prize,
Spencer Johnson, Second place, $50 prize

Problems from the olympiad can be found here.

II Duluth Physics Olympiad

University of Minnesota, Duluth

Date: Saturday, April 19th, 2015

Eligibility: Undergraduate students

Winners:
Mark Kallevig, First place, $150 prize,
Evan Severson, Second place, $100 prize

Problems from the olympiad can be found here.

I Duluth Physics Olympiad

University of Minnesota, Duluth

Date: Saturday, March 29th, 2014

Eligibility: Undergraduate students

Winners:
Jesse Hunter, First place, $150 prize,
Zheren Shen, Second place, $100 prize,
Shuzhang Chen, Third place, $50 prize

Problems from the olympiad can be found here.







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