Experimental Camp 2018

Between the 16. and 18. February, the SwissPhO Experimental Camp 2018 took place on the EPFL campus in Lausanne. Sixteen highly motivated participants from every corner of Switzerland joined us for this restructured annual training camp to prepare themselves for the final round of the Swiss Physics Olympiad. Complementing the new theoretical camp in autumn, this event was centered around the second important part of physics: Experimentation.

Following some theoretical introductions to AC circuits, Metrology and Data evaluation, the students could put their hands on real hardware during two long experiment sessions. In the AC lab, they built and analyzed a High-Pass Filter and identified electrical components hidden in “Black Boxes”. On Saturday afternoon they worked on previous IPhO and SwissPhO experiments, covering phenomena such as Foucault currents, thermal conduction and a torsion pendulum. Additionally, a visit to the interdisciplinary center for electron microscopy (CIME) at EPFL gave them a glimpse of what research can look like at a technical university. Finally, they could extend their theoretical knowledge with a class on modern physics.

We hope they can use their newly acquired knowledge in future and wish them all the best for the final round in Aarau.

This event could not take place without the help of the EPFL. We would like to warmly thank the Physics section for their excellent support, the Study Programs Promotion Service for helping sending information about the Physics Olympiad to the physics teachers, as well as the School of Engineering for providing access to the electronics laboratory.

© Photos: Alexandre Pinazza, Nicolà Gantenbein und Thanh Phong Lê

Results 2nd round 2017/2018

The second round of the Physics Olympiad took place on 17. January 2018. A total of 45 students took the exam in Berne, Zurich, Lausanne and Lugano. 26 Swiss participants, as well as 2 from Liechtenstein, qualified for the final round of the Swiss Physics Olympiad.

Place Name Points (Max 70)
1 Julius Vering 40.50
2 Ciril Humbel 36.00
3 Tim Mosimann 34.75
4 Tobias Hächler 32.00
5 Erwan Serandour 31.25
6 Severin Spörri 28.50
7 Keanu Gleixner 27.25
8 Lennart Horn 24.50
9 Bibin Muttappillil 23.50
10 Arthur Jaques 22.50
11 Namu Bae 22.35
12 Jonas Raich 22.25
13 Hiro Josep Farré Kaga 22.25
14 Lucas Dodgson 22.00
15 Jonas Schweiger 21.25
16 Laura Nydegger 21.00
17 Andreas Schneider 21.00
18 Ramon Buchenberger 20.50
19 Matthias Bürgler 19.50
20 Edouard Dufour 19.20
21 Louis Linder 19.00
22 Nicolas Schmid 19.00
23 Marco Rotschi 19.00
24 Jonathan Esche 18.00
25 Eric Ströher 17.75
26 Thoma Leisibach 17.75
Mario Wildhaber Liechtenstein
Katharina Eigenmann Liechtenstein

Congratulations to all successful participants. We wish them good luck for the final round which will take place on 24. – 25. March at ‘Neue Kantonsschule’ in Aarau. A good performance at the final round will allow you to represent Switzerland at the European Physics Olympiad 2018 in Moscow or even at the International Physics Olympiad 2018 in Lisbon.

We would also like to thank everyone, who didn’t make it to the final round, for participating. Hopefully, many of them will try again next year.

A few pictures from the different venues:

Zürich (ETH)

Lausanne (EPFL)

© Bilder: Dominik Gresch, Thanh Phong Lê

Preparation camp 2017/2018

In the beginning of November 2017, a preparation camp for the second round was held in Vordemwald. 35 students participated in the camp. In addition to the lectures and the exercises, we visited the nuclear power plant in Gösgen. In the evenings, we had various entertaining activities planned.

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)