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US Physics Olympiad F=ma


F = ma Exam

Attention:  There have been significant changes to the scheduling rules for the F=ma Exam beginning in 2018.
In order to enhance exam security, in 2018 the exam can be given ONLY on Tuesday, January 23 or Wednesday, January 31.
This is not an "A date / B date" scenario as in the AMCs, where students may take the exam twice.
SDMC will offer the exam on each date, but students are permitted to take the exam on only one of the two dates.

Space is quite limited; sessions must be small, possibly just a dozen students or less.
We know that weeknight scheduling is complicated, so we will try to help you adjust to this new arrangement by making two sessions available on each exam day, beginning at 6:00pm.

Date:             January 23, 2018  XOR  January 31, 2018

Location:       Applied Physics and Mathematics Building, Room 5829 (fifth floor), UCSD Campus

Session I

Arrive:            6:00pm   Arrive on time and immediately fill in personal information on scantron forms.
Begin exam:  6:15pm   Late arrivals may begin immediately, but will not receive additional time.
End exam:     7:30pm   

Session II

Arrive:            7:45pm   Arrive on time and immediately fill in personal information on scantron forms.
Begin exam:  8:00pm   Late arrivals may begin immediately, but will not receive additional time.
End exam:     9:15pm   

Warning:  Parking is NOT free anywhere on campus at any time during the exam periods.  In particular, parking is NOT allowed at all in the nearest lot, P207.  If you must park, we recommend lot P208, immediately west of lot P207.  Permits can be purchased from automats in lot P208 using small bills or major credit cards.

The Applied Physics and Mathematics Building locks down at 9:00pm on weeknights.  This will not affect student arrival or departure, but may affect entry by parents or others picking up students after Session II.  If you may be so affected, we will provide you a keypad code that will allow you access.


SDMC authorized by the American Association of Physics Teachers as a higher education site for the US Physics Olympiad. This means that we will be authorized to administer the exam for any San Diego area students who do not have any other way to participate.

The first stage of the US Physics Olympiad sequence is the "F=ma" exam, a 25 question, 75 minute, multiple choice exam focussed on mechanics.

The cost of the Physics Olympiad exams is greater than that of the corresponding AMC - AIME - USAMO sequence and is charged by AAPT on a per-student basis. At present there are wide uncertainties in the numbers of students who may wish to participate, which translates into wide uncertainties in cost. Students should anticipate that we may need to pass some or all of the per-student cost ($6) on to the students if turnout is large.

Registration

Registration is informal, but necessary. Copy/Paste the following template into an email message:

Signing up for: F=ma
SDMC ID Code: (if not an SDMC member, leave blank.)
Student name:
Student email:
School grade:
School name:
Parent name:
Parent email:
Home phone:
Preferred session choice:      1/23  I or II     1/31  I or II
Secondary session choice:    1/23  I or II     1/31  I or II

Please include "F=ma" in the subject line of your signup message and send it to:

signups@sdmathcircle.org

Students do not have to register with SDMC to participate in the F=ma competition.