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F = ma

Exam Format
Multiple Choice
75 minutes
25 questions
No penalty for incorrect answers (starting 2015)

Exam Dates
January 19 - 24, 2016

Topics
Mechanics

USA Physics Olympiad Exam

Exam Qualification
Top 300 to 400 students

Exam Format
Free Response
Part A: 4 problems, 90 minutes
Part B: 2 problems, 90 minutes

Exam Dates
March 14-25, 2016

 

Medals
Gold Medal
Silver Medal
Bronze Medal
Honorable Mention

Topics
Mechanics
E&M
Thermodynamics and Fluids
Relativity
Nuclear and Atomic Physics
Waves and Optics

Training Camp

Exam Qualification
Top 20 students

Exam Dates
May 27 - June 5, 2016
College Park, Maryland

IPhO

Exam Qualification
Top 5 students

Exam Dates
July 10 - 18, 2016
Switzerland & Liechtenstein

Past Exams

YearF=ma
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F=ma
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Semi-Final
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2014ExamSolution12.5----ExamSolution
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2012ExamSolution15.5--ExamSolution--
2011ExamSolution15--ExamSolution--
2010ExamSolution13.75--ExamSolution--
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2004Multiple Choice
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2003Multiple Choice
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Books

Text BookAuthorEditionISBNPrice
Fundamentals of Physics, Volume 1 (Chapters 1 - 20)Halliday, Resnick & Walker10th978-1118233764$165.63
Fundamentals of Physics, Volume 2 (Chapters 21 - 44) Halliday, Resnick & Walker10th978-1118230732$148.54
University Physics with Modern PhysicsYoung & Freedman 14th978-0321973610$276.30
An Introduction to MechanicsKleppner & Kolenkow 2nd978-0521198110$60.43
Physics for Scientists and EngineersSerway & Jewett9th978-1133947271$317.95
Physics for Scientists and EngineersTipler & Mosca 6th978-0716789642$226.60
College PhysicsSerway & Vuille9th978-0840062062$298.74
Physics: Principles with Applications Giancoli7th978-0321625922$224.11
College Physics: A Strategic ApproachKnigh, Jones & Field3rd978-0321879721$228.63
Electricity and MagnetismPurcell & Morin3rd978-1107014022

Problem BookAuthorEditionISBNPrice
Problems in General PhysicsIrodov10th978-8123926360$18.99
200 Puzzling Physics Problems: With Hints and Solutions Gnädig, Honyek & Riley1st978-0521774802$65.86
200 More Puzzling Physics Problems: With Hints and SolutionsGnädig, Honyek, Vigh & Riley1st978-1107503823$29.99
Problems and Solutions in Introductory MechanicsMorin1st978-1482086928$15.15
Physics by Example: 200 Problems and SolutionsRees1st978-0521449755$69.99
Problems for Physics Students: With Hints and AnswersRiley1st978-0521270731$59.99

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