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Aarau - The final round of the Swiss Physics Olympiad took place on March 23/24 in Aarau at Neue Kantonsschule. The competition was held between twenty-four students from Switzerland and two from Liechtenstein.
The selection process began in January with a prelimary round, at which a record number of over 100 students participated. The students had the chance to prepare for the final round at a three day training session at EPFL. The final round consisted of two challenging days, totalling no less than six and a half hours of theoretical and experimental exams. The top five participants will have the unique opportunity to travel to Denmark to represent Switzerland at the International Physics Olympiad in July.
The final rankings of the SwissPho 2013 are shown below.
|Rank||Name||Region||Marks (out of 120)||Distinction||Special Prize|
|1||Pfeiffer Sven||d||64.85||Gold||SPS-Award 1)|
|2||Winkler Rafael||d||60.45||Gold||SPS-Award 2)|
|10||Kehl Viviane||d||53.15||Silver||SPS-Award 3)|
|19||Suter-Dörig Benjamin Andris||d||40.7|
|Lang Lukas||FL||67.75||SPS-Award 4)|
1) Best Swiss Participant (Swiss Physical Society Prize)
2) Runner-up Swiss Participant (Swiss Physical Society Prize)
3) Best female participant (Swiss Physical Society Prize)
4) Heighest score (Swiss Physical Society Prize)
More detailed scores are available here.
Photos of the closing ceremony can be found on the website of the ASSO.
© Images : ASSO, Markus Meier
The preliminary round of the SwissPho 2013 took place on Wednesday, 16 January 2013. A record number of 103 students from all across Switzerland and Liechtenstein took part in the competition, which was held simultaneously in three different places: Zurich, Lausanne and Lugano.
Congratulations to the following 26 Swiss participants and the two students from Liechtenstein who qualified for the SwissPho 2013. (The ranking has no significance for the SwissPho.)
Best of luck to all the successful participants at the SwissPho 2013, which will be take place on 23/24 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 Copenhagen, Denmark.
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.
The complete ranking including the scores is available here.
© Images: Thomas Uehlinger, Thanh Phong Lê
Estonia hosted the 43rd International Physics Olympiad (IPhO) which took place in two locations: The exams were written in the University town Tartu where the participants were also accommodated. The team leaders on the other hand stayed in the capital Tallinn.
The five-hour long theoretical exam covered topics from various areas of physics. One problem addressed the different stages during the formation of a star, considering different thermodynamical properties. Other questions asked about the working principle of the Kelvin generator or were related to the formation of water droplets on the wing of an aircraft.
The participants also had to face an experimental exam. During the first experiment, they measured the permeability of water by submersing a magnet in it. The change of the water surface was observed using a laser. The second, and arguably harder, experiment was concerned with the properties of a black box which contained an unknown, non-linear electrical circuit.
The following five candidates represented Switzerland (left to right):
Laura Gremion and Dominic Schwarz were both awarded with an honourable mention, Sebastian Käser and Thanh Phong Lê took a bronze medal zurück, and Christoph Schildknecht won both a silver medal and the special prize for best solution of an experimental problem!
Congratulations to the team for the extraordinary performance!