Home‎ > ‎

Yale Physics Olympics 2005

Physics Olympics - Central High School Team Takes 1st place in one of the events!

Physics Olympics! 

This year, a team of Mr. Andrade's AP Physics students competed at the Yale Physics Olympics on Saturday, October 22, 2005 at Yale University in New Haven. In the eight years Yale has been running the Physics Olympics, Central High School has never sent a team. 

The Team consisted of seniors Katie M., Victor T., Leang C. and Gahn S. 

The team was very focused and attacked each event with enthusiasm and eagerness. Their effort, hard work, and teamwork paid off. 

The team won first place in one of the events, beating out the other 50 teams. The event was called "Blowing in the Wind". The teams had a limited amount of equipment and time to design and build a device that would go the furthest when a 15 second burst of air was blown at it. The team had a technical problem during the first run and had to forfeit their second run to fix the problem. But, they adapted and overcame the problem to come back and soundly defeat the other teams. They received hats and frisbees as their prize, and bragging rights for the next year. 

The team also did very well on their other events, overcoming time constraints, and on two events, the cold rain and wind. 

Mr. Andrade was extremely proud of his team, saying that they have proven that Central High School has some of the best students in the state. 

(See below for pictures from the Olympics) 

About the Yale Physics Olympics: 
Since the Autumn of 1998, in collaboration with the University of Liverpool (U.K.), the Department of Physics at Yale University has organized an annual Physics Olympics Competition. 

The theme of our event is "physics is fun!" Our hope is that the participants enjoy themselves while applying basic ideas from physics in a practical context and hopefully learn some new physics during the day. 

The event takes the form of a pentathlon, consisting of five 35-minute events. Each event is a task or simple experiment which the students perform as a term and for which they obtain a result or measurement. The teams are ordered based on the accuracy of their results and prizes awarded to the winning teams. 

Our event is organized in close cooperation with our friends in the University of Liverpool, who hold a similar event with the same tasks on the same day making this a truly international event! 

For more information please see the Physics Olympics website athttp://wnsl.physics.yale.edu/events/olympics.


The Team Gets Ready to Go!


Working on the FERMI Quiz. 
(Don't know what a Fermi quiz is? Do a web search and find out - they are great tools to teach problem solving techniques)


The prizes!!


Quick Sand - find the density of the sand. This was outside in the cold wind, which caused problems trying to zero out the balance. But, they did it, and did very well in the event.


The Tower Goes Up. They had to build a tower that could hold the most mass, at the highest height. They had a great idea which worked well, but didn't place for a prize.


Find the Treasure! Using vector analysis and trig, the team had to battle cold wind and freezing rain to find the "treasure". No calculators were allowed at all during the day!


Laser show! Without turning the laser on, align the mirrors to get the laser to hit the target.


The Team builds their winning design!


And away we go! (into 1st place!)


The Team Receives their awards from Professor Peter Parker of Yale's Physics Department.


The Team with their YPO First Place Hats. 
From Left to Right: Victor T., Mr. Andrade, Leang C., Katie M., Gahn S.