Physics Bowl

AAPT Physics Bowl

The AAPT has announced that the 2020 Physics Bowl has been cancelled owing to health concerns related to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The AAPT has no plan to attempt a reset of the this year's Physics Bowl later in the year.

Date: Sunday, April 5, 2020

Time: 1:30pm - 2:30pm

Location: UCSD Campus, La Jolla

Applied Physics and Mathematics Building

Room B402A, basement

The American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) has authorized SDMC to make the AAPT Physics Bowl competition available to San Diego area students.

The Physics Bowl consists of a 40-question, 45-minute sit-down multiple choice exam that ranges broadly over many topics in physics. While the exam contains problems that vary in difficulty, the exam as a whole is very challenging.

Students participate in one of two divisions based on present and prior experience with physics education. Students who are currently active in their first physics course or have completed a first physics course participate in Division I. Students who are in their second physics course or have completed a second physics course participate in Division II.

Students receive individual scores, and special recognition is possible for top-scoring students in certain regional classifications. The top five scores in each division are aggregated to produce two team scores that also may earn special recognition. The students comprising the teams are not chosen in advance - they are those five in each division who happen to score highest on the day of the competition.

Signup is informal, but important. Please copy/paste the following template into an email message and enter the expected information:

PhysicsBowl Student Sign-up

SDMC ID Code: (if not an SDMC member, leave blank.)

Student name:

School grade:

School name:

Student email:

Parent name:

Parent email:

Home phone:

Your present physics class (if any):

Your prior physics courses (if any):

(Please include independent study courses that you may have taken through organizations such as EPGY or CTY.)

Send your signup message to

Students do not need to be regular participants in SDMC to participate in the Physics Bowl.

Further information about the Physics Bowl can be found at

AAPT Physics Bowl