Physics Olympiad (Advanced)
This course is designed specifically for students who are deeply interested in physics.
It is a calculus based course which (when combined with the 95+Olympiad course) covers the majority of the physics in standard 1st year University texts such as Halliday and Resnick, and prepares students well for both the Australian Olympiad exam in August and for the Physics Olympiad Summer school in January.
The assumed knowledge for this course is:
- All content in the year 11 physics course and part of the year 12 course (Modules 5 on projectile motion, uniform circular motion and gravitation and Module 6 (forces on charges in B fields and Faraday’s law of Induction).
- A background in differentiation and integration.
- Previous completion of the 95+Olympiad course OR simultaneous completion of the 95+Olympiad course OR an equivalent background in physics (please contact me to discuss).
- Students who wish to enter the US Physics Bowl competition in week 9 of term 1 can do so, with exam supervision provided.
Past students have been selected for the Australian Physics Olympiad Summer School (2011, 2016, and 2019-2023) and have represented Australia at the Asian and International Physics Olympiads (2011, 2016, 2019, 2022, 2023). In 2023, 8 of 9 students in my Advanced Olympiad class who sat the APhO exam received an invitation to attend the Physics Olmpiad Summer School in January 2024.
It is possible to complete this course simultaneously with the 95+Olympiad course.
Textbook: I will set pre-reading for each week of the class, so that our time in class is focused on problem solving rather than derivations.
It is recommended that students in this class have a copy of Halliday and Resnick’s “Physics”, or “The Fundamentals of Physics” by Walker, which is the more recent version of the original text (or an equivalent 1st year university physics text).