Aarau - The final round of the Swiss Physics Olympiad took place on March 23/24 in Aarau at the Neue Kantonsschule d'Aarau. Twenty-five participants managed to qualify for the final round and were confronted to a total of more than six hours of exams. Their main objective was to be amongst the best five, which would mean a place in the Swiss team at the occasion of the International Physics Olympiad (IPhO), held in 2014 by Kazakhstan.
This year competition was pretty demanding and was a real challenge for most of the participants. In a theoretical part, the students were given many problems to solve, covering a large spectrum of physical topics, amongst them the mechanics of a yo-yo, the thermodynamics of helium or the not-so-intuitive concept of Poynting vector. Their experimental skills were also tested with two specific questions, one investigating the rolling resistance of a marble on various surfaces, the other one testing their comprehension of a motor.
The final ranking of the SwissPhO 2014 is given as follows:
|Rank||Name||Region||Total (max. 104)||Distinction||Special Award|
|1||Winkler Rafael||d||65.2||Gold||SSP-Award 1|
|2||Roos Barbara||d||58.1||Gold||SSP-Award 2|
|22||Nguyen Phuc-Thien Thomas||f||24.35|
1) Best Swiss Participant (Swiss Physical Society Prize)
2) Runner-up Swiss Participant (Swiss Physical Society Prize)
Congratulations to all the participants, especially to the first five of them who are thus taking part to the IPhO 2014 in Astana.
More detailed scores are available here.
Photos of the closing ceremony can be found on the website of the AOSS.
© Images : AOSS, Markus Meier
The preliminary round of the SwissPhO 2014 took place on Wednesday, 15th of January 2014. 67 students from all across Switzerland took part in the competition, which was held simultaneously in four different places: Bern, Zurich, Lausanne and Lugano.
Congratulations to the following 25 Swiss participants and the student from Liechtenstein who qualified for the SwissPhO 2014. (The ranking has no significance for the SwissPhO.)
|Rank||Name||Points (out of 72)|
|17||Donhauser Konstantin||37 (Liechtenstein, non-competitive)|
|22||Nguyen Phuc-Thien Thomas||32.5|
Best of luck to all the successful participants at the SwissPhO 2014, which will be take place on 29/30 March at Neue Kantonsschule Aarau. The top five participants will then get the chance to represent Switzerland in July at the International Physics Olympiad in Astana, Kazakhstan.
We thank everyone who was not lucky enough to make it into the second round for participating. We hope that many of you will try again next year.
In alphabetical oerde:
Aebi Ryan, Bradley Timothy, Braun Urs, Burger Philip, Busse-Grawitz Coralie, Cantieni Josua, Cola Gian Luca, Dulex Nicolas, Fettrelet Roméo, Frischholz Yael, Gerber Florian, Gönczy Daniel, Govoni Tony, Govori Armend, Hafner Nicolas, Inniger Michael, Jelmini Manuele, Khanna Vansh, Kilchör Janine, Kouevi-Mensah Ekoue, Künzli Benjamin, Loviat Normand, Man Zheng Chen, Man Zheng Zhi, Mesesan Andreea, Montorfani Gabriele, Näf Michael, Nufer David, Odermatt Jan, Paviththiren Sivasothilingam, Peter Alexander, Rojkov Ivan, Rojkov Mikhail, Rösch Mirjam, Schoen Timothée, Sekera David, Utiger Vera, Wohlfender Martin, Zbinden Rut, Zhu Zi Yu, Zobrist Yannik.
© Images: Thomas Uehlinger, Patrick Schwendimann, Thanh Phong Lê
The 44th International Physics Olympiad took place in Copenhagen, Danemark, a country which provided to the scientific world many great physicists such as Hans Christan Ørsted, Tycho Brahe, Ole Rømer or Niels Bohr.
As usual, the competition was divided into two parts : five hours of theory, as well as five hours for the experiments. The three theoretical tasks involved many different fields of physics, often with a link to Danemark; the students had for instance to study some properties of a meteorite, and were asked to use their knowledge in order to understand how a plasmonic steam generator work, as well as the evolution of the Greenland ice sheet.
The experimental task was split into two experiments. The first one dealt with the velocity of light in different media (water, optic fiber), whereas the second one let them study the properties of solar cells under various conditions.
Alain Rossier and William Borgeaud were both awarded with a bronze medal, Sven Pfeiffer, Rafael Winkler and Quentin Wenger each won an honourable mention. Great results for Switzerland !
Congratulations to the team for the extraordinary performance!