TASIS Physics Students Take Up a Competition Challenge
Posted 14/03/2017 03:23PM

Congratulations to TASIS England students Andre, Colton, Garrett, Anthony, Francesco, Jason, Hancheng, Daniel, and Tianyang for volunteering to take the challenging “F=ma” physics exam recently. 

Each year, the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) and the American Institute of Physics (AIP) sponsor a competition for high school students to represent the United States at the International Physics Olympiad. Created by the AAPT, the “F=ma” exam is given to nearly 5,000 students drawn from the over 300,000 students taking Advanced Placement physics or its equivalent each year.

Students who achieve the top 400 scores are invited to take a follow-on test, the USA Physics Olympiad (USAPhO) exam. Selection for the United States Physics Team will be made based on those results. Special recognition goes to TASIS senior Francesco, who qualified as one of those top 400—a first for TASIS England in only its second year of participation. 

Physics teacher Dr. Dudley commented, “I commend the nine students who made the time to study for and take this challenging test. We had one qualify for the next level, which was great to see. I hope the underclassmen try again next year along with other students new to AP Physics.”

The mission of the U.S. Physics Team Program is to promote academic excellence through preparation for and participation in the International Physics Olympiad. For anyone who is curious to see what “F=ma” or USAPhO exam questions are like, past exams can be found on the AAPT website.

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