Results 1st round 2017/18

We would like to thank all participants and teachers for taking part in the competition. The multiple-choice test was taken by 647 students (558 from Switzerland and 89 from Liechtenstein). The number of participants is almost ten times higher than the average of the previous years.

15 points were necessary to qualify for the preparation camp and the second round. 59 participants achieved the necessary 15 points. Additionally, 18 wild cards were handed out. We would like to invite the following people to the preparation camp and to the second round:

Noah Ackermann Robert Adarraga Eric Aschari Namu Bae
Stefan Baumann Fabian Beck Michelle Bollier Benno Bösch
Ramón Buchenberger Matthias Bürgler Lucas Dodgson Gabriele Donati
Luka Dragomirovic Edouard Dufour Florian Eisenring Jonathan Esche
Hiro Josep Farré Kaga Raphaël Fragnière Nicolaz Frei Leonie Gasser
Keanu Gleixner Michael Ha Tobias Hächler Philipp Hänsel
Nathan Hoffman Fabio Holdener Lennart Horn Dominik Hügli
Ciril Humbel Scott Irvine Arthur Jaques Moritz Käch
Ruben Kaufmann Michael Kitto Dominik Kleinstück Etienne Lacroux
Marco Lazic Simon Leber Thoma Leisibach Sebastiaan Leys
Louis Linder Giuseppe Maggisano Justus Maleck Jonas Meier
Tim Mosimann Bibin Muttappillil Patrick Nutt Laura Nydegger
Yunshu Ouyang Fabian Popp Jonas Raich Ruben Rauter
Joel Reichardt Samuel Renggli Marco Rotschi Aja Ruoss
Joshua Ruoss Alexander Schaller Gabriela Schenk Nicolas Schmid
Michael Schmolzer Andreas Schneider Jonas Schweiger Daniel Schwyzer
Erwan Serandour Maciej Smela Severin Spörri Eric Ströher
Kieron Tella Julius Vering Joël Vögtlin Mario Wildhaber
Dana Zimmermann Raphael Zumbrunn  

All participants listed here will receive an invitation with further information by email. If you don't receive an email by 10.10.2017, please contact Sebastian Stengele as soon as possible.

Point spread:

(x-axis: points, y-axis: # of people)

IPhO 2017 : Results

This year the 48th physics olympiad took place in Yogyakarta (Indonesia).

The competition was split into two five hour exams. The experimental part consisted of two experiments. In the first one the students used a laser to examine the index of refraction and the constant of diffusion of a salt solution. The second experiment was about a so-called PDL trap that can make graphite rods levitate. A PDL trap is constructed using two magnets arranged in a certain way. The participants had to measure different properties of the magnets and rods in order to figure out how to use this PDL trap as a seismograph and a tilt sensor.

In the theoretical part the students were given three challenging problems. The subjects included dark matter, the expansion of the Universe and - fitting for Indonesia - tsunamis and earthquakes.

Switzerland was represented by (from left to right)

  • Tamar Som, from Lengnau/AG (Kantonsschule Baden)
  • Pascal Isenring, from Rafz/ZH (Kantonsschule Zürcher Unterland)
  • Adrian Rutschmann, from Bülach/ZH (Kantonsschule Zürcher Unterland)
  • Henning Zhang, from Villigen/AG (Kantonsschule Wettingen)
  • Alexandre Pinazza, from Lonay/VD (Gymnase de Morges)

Our participants achieved great results. Adrian Rutschmann und Henning Zhang won a bronze medal, and Pascal Isenring, Alexandre Pinazza and Tamar Som received honorable mentions!

We would like to congratulate the participants. Not only for their individual success but also for the team's result!

SwissPhO 2017 - Results

Aarau - At the Swiss Physics Olympiad the best young talents in Physics were chosen. The competition took place the weekend of march 25th and 26th. The 28 finalists prepared themselves during the months since the Preliminary Round, tackling a wide range of Physics questions. One great opportunity was the training weekend that took place at EPFL. Everybody had a lot of fun exchanging ideas with other participants that are equally interested in Physics as they are.

The exam questions the participants had to solve were quite challenging. They had to show their knowledge and skills solving theoretical questions and and an interesting experiment. To succeed they had to work patiently and precisely. For the experiment the teenagers had to find the coefficient of friction of a string on a rod. They had to interpret the results and to show that the friction increases exponentially with the angle between the first and the last spot the string touches the rod.

The five gold medalists will form the Swiss team at the International Physics Olympiad 2017 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Additionally Julius Vering and Adrian Rutschmann were awarded with the special prize for the best junior physicist offered by the Swiss Physical Society. These prizes were handed over at the ceremony in the Neue Kantonsschule Aarau.

The final ranking of the SwissPhO 2017 is given as follows:

Rank Name Region Total (max. 120) Distinction Special Award
1 Vering Julius d 74.75 Gold SSP-Award 1
2 Rutschmann Adrian d 69.75 Gold SSP-Award 2
3 Zhang Henning d 67.05 Gold
4 Som Tamar d 61.15 Gold
5 Pinazza Alexandre f 55.75 Gold
6 Isenring Pascal d 53.75 Silver
7 Hofer Maxence f 53 Silver
8 Humbel Ciril d 52.35 Silver
9 Hajdin Nikola d 51.75 Silver
10 Mazenauer Justin d 50.35 Silver
11 Mukherjee Ambika d 49.25 Bronze
12 Nussbaum Parzival d 48.25 Bronze
13 Kaufmann Timon d 48 Bronze
14 Jordan Ari d 47.5 Bronze
15 Tobuschat Philip d 44.65 Bronze
16 Baudis Nathan d 44.55
17 Jaques Arthur i 44.35
18 Gaberdiel Alexander d 43.65
19 Montandon Loïc f 43
20 Gianotti Nicholas i 42.4
21 Hitz Maurizio d 38.6
22 Kellner Jost d 37.75
23 Bürgler Matthias d 34.25
24 Capelli Sandro i 29.65
Non-competitive (Liechtenstein):
1 Gartmann Jannik FL 47.25
2 Wohlwend Konstantin FL 45.5
3 Biedermann Joel FL 43.75
4 Peppard Luke FL 31.2

1) Best Swiss Participant (Swiss Physical Society Prize)
2) Second Best Swiss Participant (Swiss Physical Society Prize)

Congratulations to all the participants, especially to the first five of them who are thus taking part in the IPhO 2017 in Yogyakarta.

More detailed scores are available here: Switzerland, Liechtenstein

Additionally we encourage all the candidates to participate next year again. The experience you gained this year will definitely give you an advantage next year. Note that we are going to introduce a new preliminary round which will start around August 2017. More information will be published on our web page.

Press release by the ASSO: german, italian.

Photos of the closing ceremony can be found on the website of the ASSO.

Four of the five gold medalists (left to right): Adrian Rutschmann, Alexandre Pinazza, Julius Vering and Tamar Som.

All medalists of SwissPhO 2017.

Julius VeringAdrian Rutschmann
The recepients of the SPS awards: Julius Vering and Adrian Rutschmann

Photos taken during the exams:

Experimental Exam1
Experimental Exam2
Theoretical Exam1
Theoretical Exam2

© Images : AOSS, Markus Meier

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