High School Competition Physics

If you are interested in Physics, there are a lot of useful resources and books that can help you master this subject.

 

Popular Physics Competitions

F=ma

F=ma is generally known as the screening exam. ​Any high school student who is either a US citizen or permanent resident is eligible to take this exam.The test is 75 minutes long, with a total of 25 possible points. It is composed of 25 point multiple choice section each worth 1 point. From the results of the  exam, approximately the top 400 are chosen to participate in the United States Physics Olympiad Semi-final exam.

USAPhO

Approximately the top 400 scorers on the preliminary exam are invited to take the semi-final exam. The purpose of this exam is to select the members of the US Physics Team. The Semi-final exam is a 2 part, 3 hour exam. The exam contains 6 problems total, which may be broken into 4 in part A and 2 in part B or 3 in each part. All are free response problems.

Past USAPhO Exam

Princeton University Physics Competition

This is a comprehensive list of resources for students preparing for Physics competitions like F=ma or USAPhO

Physics Bowl

Each year, approximately 10,000 students take a 40-question, 45-minute timed, multiple-choice test under their school’s supervision. Exam questions are based on topics and concepts covered in a typical high school physics course.

Sir Issac Newton Exam

The Sir Isaac Newton (SIN) exam is a test of high school physics and is offered by the Department of Physics & Astronomy at the University of Waterloo to encourage the teaching of physics. The exam, although challenging, is meant to be refreshing and fun. 

List of Physics Competitions from Art of Problem Solving

This is a resources page for students interested in Physics competitions.

Free Online Resources

Long list of resources for Physics Competitions

This is a comprehensive list of resources for students preparing for Physics competitions like F=ma or USAPhO

Science Olympiad Blog for Physics preparation

A comprehensive set of resources for Physics Olympiad preparation.

F=ma Past Exams (American Association of Physics Teachers)

Individual exams from previous years and their solutions  are available in PDFs for practice

 

USAPhO Past Exams (American Association of Physics Teachers)

Individual exams from previous years and their solutions  are available in PDFs for practice

 

IPhO Syllabus

This syllabus lists topics which may be used for the IPhO. Guidance about the level of each topic within the syl­labus is to be found from past IPhO questions.


A Comprehensive list of Physics Olympiad Resources

This is a very detailed list of information for anyone preparing for Physics competitions.

Most Popular Books for Physics Competitions

Free Classes

Harvard Physics Circle

Harvard Physics Circle prepares students for the first screening exam for the US Physics Olympiad team, known as the "F=ma" exam,  held annualy at the end of January.

Everaise Physics

A rigorous treatment of mechanics that prepares students for prestigious contests such as the F=ma and the USA Physics Olympiad (USAPhO)

Paid Classes

 

If you are looking for paid Physics classes, here is a list of the most popular classes.

AlphaStar Academy​

AlphaStar Academy offers extensive training programs for gifted students towards national and international Math and Science competitions such as MathCounts, American Mathematics Competitions, USA Math Olympiads, USA Computing Olympiads, F=ma, and USA Physics Olympiads.

Art of Problem Solving F=ma Problem Series

PhysicsWOOT is an online training program in Olympiad-level physics and problem solving. PhysicsWOOT is modeled after WOOT (Worldwide Online Olympiad Training), the math Olympiad preparation course that we’ve been teaching at AoPS since 2005.

Art of Problem Solving PhysicsWOOT

PhysicsWOOT is an online training program in Olympiad-level physics and problem solving. PhysicsWOOT is modeled after WOOT (Worldwide Online Olympiad Training), the math Olympiad preparation course that we’ve been teaching at AoPS since 2005.

AwesomeMath Physics Classes

AwesomeMath is devoted to providing enriching experiences in mathematics for intellectually curious learners. Through summer camps, publications, curriculum, and competitions AwesomeMath fosters a community that values critical thinking, creativity, passionate problem solving, and lifetime mathematical learning.

SpringLight Education Classes

SpringLight is a WASC accredited education organization. They have successfully provided the USAPhO training for more than five years. 30% to 60% of our students have qualified for the semi-final each year.

Their semifinalist students also qualified as finalists, and received gold medal, silver medal, bronze medal and honorable mentions.

Tang Academy

They offer physics classes for many levels. Students (8th – 12th grade) who are interested in AP Physics and the USA Physics Olympiad with strong math and science backgrounds are encouraged to apply.​

Arteem Institute Physics Competition Prep Courses

This online prep course will review the fundamental knowledge and cover problem solving skills needed to excel on this year's F=ma exam. Students will learn the tricks needed to solve common problems efficiency, and practice with previous physics contest problems, taken from F=ma, Physics Bowl, Physics Olympiad, and more.

ACES Academic Enrichment Center

ACES Physics Program provide a platform for the students maximize their potential and dig out their talents in Physics and pave the road for students to be qualified for the physics Olympiad semifinalist, the first level of US Physics Olympiad competition( F=ma )

Ardent Academy for Gifted Youth

Through their Physics programs, students will build qualitative and quantitative reasoning in physical thinking. Students will learn critical skills in scientific inquiry, investigation, modeling, diagramming, unit analysis, laboratory techniques, and data analysis. In addition to preparing students for AP and SAT II Subject Tests, their curriculum uniquely integrates preparation for elite physics competitions to achieve synergy while learning. Top students have the opportunity to compete and excel in the USA Physics Olympiad competition. 

Gauss Academy of Mathematical Education

Physics acceleration and problem solving classes. Classes include Junior Physics, Honors Physics, AP Physics 1/2, AP Physics C, and Physics Olympiad. The Physics Olympiad classes prepare the students to take part in the US Physics Bowl and USA Physics Olympiad qualifying exams.