Alex Chen Earns Honorable Mention on the 2023 USA Physics Olympiad Exam
Every year the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) holds two rounds of physics competitions with the goals of challenging high school students across the country and of selecting twenty students for the United States Physics Team. These twenty students participate in a ten day physics training camp, after which five are selected for the traveling team to represent the United States at the International Physics Olympiad.
This year 5173 students across the country, including 11 juniors and 3 seniors from Mass Academy, took the first qualifying exam in February. This first round, known as the “F=ma Exam,” is made up of 25 challenging questions about mechanics. The top 417 students including junior Alex Chen and senior Henry Liu qualified to advance to the second round by scoring at least 18 points on this exam.
The second round, the USA Physics Olympiad exam, took place in April and included two sets of open response problems covering topics including mechanics, electricity and magnetism, thermodynamics, waves, fluid dynamics, and modern physics. Alex Chen earned Honorable Mention for his achievement on this exam. He was one of nine students from MA to score in the top 262 on the USA Physics Olympiad exam.