From July 11 to 17, the world’s brightest high school students in physics compete in Zurich for the gold medals at the 47th International Physics Olympiad. More than 400 students from 84 countries are travelling to the University of Zurich, where they will take each an experimental and a theoretical exam of five hours.
The questions were prepared by a group of almost 20 experts, approved by 165 country delegates and translated into 50 languages. They have to be solvable for the students but at the same time require knowledge far beyond what is taught at high school. Anything about mechanics, thermodynamics, electromagnetism, optics, the theory of relativity, and quantum mechanics could be included.
From Japan, Yūki Takaha, Kōta Fukuzawa, Satoshi Yoshida, Kōsuke Yoshimi, and Akihiro Watanabe will represent their country at the IPhO 2016 and try to win gold medals at UZH’s Irchel Campus. Except of taking the exams, the participants also get the chance to visit Switzerland’s scientific hot spots like the Paul Scherrer Institute or CERN and several sightseeing spots. Hopefully, some of them will go back to Switzerland to enroll in science courses at one of the top universities.
Good luck to all the participants!