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[IPhOO] The Open Olympiad

We are proud to announce the IPhOO Open Olympiad (2014), a 2-round competition open to all ages for anybody anywhere. Here's how it works.

*Who can participate? * Anyone! No matter how old you are and what your interests are, nothing is stopping you from trying Physics. Our IPhOO registrants range in age from 12 to 89, so if you're reading this, you're eligible to at least try it. A big plus about just trying the problems is that you get to learn. You don't learn if you don't try it, so here's where.

*Why should I participate? * If you are a middle-school student who wants to study beginner's Physics, the IPhOO is a good place to start and look ahead. If you are a high-school student learning or mastering Physics, the IPhOO Is a good place to practice. Also, if you are taking the F = ma exam coming up, this is how to prepare! If you a college student, you can think outside the box and challenge yourself further by trying IPhOO problems. Some of our staff members have been high-school Physic coaches and college professors.

*How will it work? * This contest consists of 2 rounds. In Round 1, the open round, there will be 5 multiple choice questions and 10 free-response questions. Your score will be based on a few things (see below). The top 10 from Round 1 will proceed to Round 2. If there are ties, we will allow more than 10 in Round 2. Note that, if you do not submit in Round 1, you cannot participate in Round 2. You must qualify for Round 2 to participate. The top 10 from Round 1 will be announced within a few weeks after the end of the round. Then, Round 2 will start and these 10 will be given 6 Olympiad-level Proof-style problems to work on for 2 weeks. The first 3 will be released on Week 1 and the next 3 will be released on Week 2. This process is similar to that of the USA(J)MO, except in 2 weeks instead of 2 days. Finally, for the top 10, the scores of Rounds 1 and 2 will be combined and the 3 participants with the top 3 cumulative indices will be crowned 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. Ties will be dealt with by the score on Round 2. See below for more scoring details.

*Are there prizes? * Yes! These prizes are proudly sponsored by Brilliant.org. In our first and second IPhOO Contests, we awarded T-shirts to the winners. In this contest, we have the following prizes:

  • All qualifiers for Round 2 get online certificates of qualification (in a printable JPG format). The top 3 get IPhOO T-shirts.
  • The 3rd place winner will get a Bronze medal.
  • The 2nd place winner will get a Silver medal.
  • The 1st place winner will get a Gold medal.

So lots of awesome prizes!

Scoring Details In Round 1, each of the 5 multiple choice questions will be worth 4 points for a correct answer, 1 point for not answering (blank), and 0 points for an incorrect answer. For each of the free-response problems, you will be awarded 8 points for a correct answer and 0 points for an incorrect answer or unanswered problem. Thus, the maximum score is 100. In Round 2, each problem will be worth 7 points, just as in the USA(J)MO and you can score anywhere between 0 and 7, inclusive, depending on the amount of work you show - don't forget, solutions are required in proof problems! Finally, the cumulative indices for the top 10 of Round 1 will the calculated as follows. If x is your Round 1 score and y is your Round 2 score, then your total index for consideration is \( x + 2.5 \cdot y - 5 \). Thus, the maximum possible index is 200.

So when is this happening? Round 1 will be released on Sunday, January 12, at 9 AM EST, and you will have one week to submit. The submission deadline is Sunday, January 18, at 9 AM EST. The problems should not take you a week to solve, rather it can be done in less than 2 hours. We provide a week for people to accommodate their schedules. Note, also, that this is the week before the F = ma exam, so this is good prep! Round 2 will be released tentatively around the beginning of February. The exact dates come out later.

Questions? Ask here or e-Mail us at IPhOOContest@gmail.com.

Note by Ahaan Rungta
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Can we submit question(s) ? Jatin Yadav · 3 years, 8 months ago

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@Jatin Yadav No. You can participate though. We will have future competitions where participants can submit problems. Ahaan Rungta · 3 years, 8 months ago

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Can you refer the internet for basic concepts DURING the exam? If yes, can you provide citations of where you got your formulae if any? Or is it based on an honour code principle? Yash Talekar · 3 years, 8 months ago

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@Yash Talekar Why isn't anyone responding? Yash Talekar · 3 years, 8 months ago

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@Yash Talekar This comment somehow missed us, many apologies. The first page of the contest document will mention what is allowed. Following those ethics is up to the contestants. Ahaan Rungta · 3 years, 7 months ago

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I hope there's also The Open Contest for IMO too .... Dani Natanael · 3 years, 8 months ago

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I'm not that good at Physics but this sounds good and I'm definitely participating. However, there's one thing that's bugging me.

In Round 1, each of the 5 multiple choice questions will be worth 2 points for a correct answer, 0.5 points for not answering (blank), and 0 points for an incorrect answer. Thus, the maximum score is 100.

How exactly?

Are the 15 free-response questions on round 1 worth 6 points each? Mursalin Habib · 3 years, 8 months ago

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@Mursalin Habib Oops, I forgot to mention. I'll edit that right away! Thanks. Ahaan Rungta · 3 years, 8 months ago

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Note: The contest is now in progress. One can view the problems and submit here. Good luck and have fun! Ahaan Rungta · 3 years, 7 months ago

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Do we need to send the whole written-up answers ? I mean calculations and all ? Rohan Chandra · 3 years, 7 months ago

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@Rohan Chandra As mentioned, no. Just submit your answers in the given form. Have fun! Ahaan Rungta · 3 years, 7 months ago

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@Ahaan Rungta OKay. Thanks Rohan Chandra · 3 years, 7 months ago

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Hello Ahaan.I wanted to participate in the contest and so went to the link u provided and filled up the form(each of the boxes).I submitted it and have been waiting for 4 days for the confirmation mail,which never came.Now Im confused that I might have done something wrong.Is it so?or I have to wait longer?Should I re-register? Adeeb Zaman · 3 years, 8 months ago

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@Adeeb Zaman This comment somehow missed us, many apologies. About member codes being sent, there was a bit of a jam for one week, but they have all been fixed now and if you still didn't receive an e-Mail from us, it means your form did not get through. But you should have by now. Ahaan Rungta · 3 years, 7 months ago

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@Ahaan Rungta Oh!I had my member code through an e-mail 3-4 days after I had posted this comment :) Thanks :) Adeeb Zaman · 3 years, 7 months ago

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@Adeeb Zaman Ah, great; glad you got it! Hope to see you at the Olympiad. :) Ahaan Rungta · 3 years, 7 months ago

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how to register? Annisaa Nurindra · 3 years, 8 months ago

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@Annisaa Nurindra Our Website -> Contests -> Register. Note that you need to register for IPhOO if you want to participate in the IPhOO. So don't register for IChOO if you don't want to participate in IChOO.

Also, note that you only have to register once for the IPhOO. Ahaan Rungta · 3 years, 8 months ago

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how to participate?? please elaborate!! Divyaanand Sinha · 3 years, 8 months ago

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@Divyaanand Sinha Our Website -> Contests -> Register. Note that you need to register for IPhOO if you want to participate in the IPhOO. So don't register for IChOO if you don't want to participate in IChOO.

Also, note that you only have to register once for the IPhOO. Ahaan Rungta · 3 years, 8 months ago

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How to register?? Can people of India Register??? Sounds EXCITING!! I'm in!! Kshitij Khandelwal · 3 years, 8 months ago

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@Kshitij Khandelwal Our Website -> Contests -> Register. Note that you need to register for IPhOO if you want to participate in the IPhOO. So don't register for IChOO if you don't want to participate in IChOO.

Also, note that you only have to register once for the IPhOO. Of course, Indians can participate. That's why it's called International. ;) Ahaan Rungta · 3 years, 8 months ago

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@Ahaan Rungta Oh yes!! Kshitij Khandelwal · 3 years, 8 months ago

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how can i participate ? Deepak Suresh · 3 years, 8 months ago

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@Deepak Suresh Our Website -> Contests -> Register. Note that you need to register for IPhOO if you want to participate in the IPhOO. So don't register for IChOO if you don't want to participate in IChOO.

Also, note that you only have to register once for the IPhOO. Ahaan Rungta · 3 years, 8 months ago

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Where do you recommend learning Physics? (any good books?) Arkan Megraoui · 3 years, 8 months ago

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@Arkan Megraoui This comment may at least partly help you. I think there's no particular algorithm or absolute book to learning Physics. I personally have 3 textbooks, none of which I regularly use or read, so I personally have 0 advice on this, sorry.

But read my post, it may contain some useful information. And hope to see you at the IPhOO! Ahaan Rungta · 3 years, 8 months ago

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Is there a specific link where I have to go in order to enroll in competition? José Marín Guzmán · 3 years, 8 months ago

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@José Marín Guzmán Our Website -> Contests -> Register. Note that you need to register for IPhOO if you want to participate in the IPhOO. So don't register for IChOO if you don't want to participate in IChOO.

Also, note that you only have to register once for the IPhOO. Ahaan Rungta · 3 years, 8 months ago

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@Ahaan Rungta Thanks. Rey Francis Famulagan · 3 years, 8 months ago

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where is the 'contests' option where we have to register for iPhOo Anuva Agrawal · 3 years, 8 months ago

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@Anuva Agrawal Could you please elaborate? Your question, at present, is indecipherable, sorry. Ahaan Rungta · 3 years, 8 months ago

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