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|
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.
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.
Photos of the closing ceremony can be found on the website of the ASSO.
© Images : AOSS, Markus Meier
The preliminary round of the SwissPhO 2017 took place on Wednesday, 18th of January. 73 students from all across Switzerland and Lichtenstein 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 4 students from Liechtenstein who qualified for the SwissPhO 2017. (The ranking has no significance for the SwissPhO.)
|Rank||Name||Points (Max 70)|
|14||Biedermann Joel||41.25||Liechtenstein (non-competitive)|
|14||Wohlwend Konstantin||41.25||Liechtenstein (non-competitive)|
|17||Gartmann Jannik||38.75||Liechtenstein (non-competitive)|
|26||Peppard Luke||32.25||Liechtenstein (non-competitive)|
Best of luck to all the successful participants at the SwissPhO 2017, which will take place on 25th/26th of 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 Yogyakarta (Indonesia).
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.
Some pictures taken at the different locations:
© Bilder: Dominik Gresch, Michele Dolfi, Sebastian Käser
The 47th International Physics Olympiad took place this year in Zürich. The participants faced two five hour-long exams. During the experimental part, one task for the students was to study a model of the theory about phase transitions including beads. During the theoretical part of the exam the participants had to solve three problems. The topics reached form classical mechanics and gravitation to electric circuits with nonlinear components and the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN. Besides the exams the program included excursions to Liechtenstein, the PSI and CERN.
The Swiss team performed really well at these competitions: Markus Köhler won a Bronze Medal, and Nicolà Gantenbein, Bastian Lengen, Quirin Reding und Caroline Rossier were decorated with a Honorable Mention!
Congratulations to all the participants not only for their individual results but as well for the great team performance