Physics Olympiad

What is the United States Physics Olympiad?

The United States Physics Olympiad is comprised of 2 exams, the preliminary F=ma exam (screening exam) and USA Physics Olympiad exam (USAPhO), also called the semi-final exam.These exams are sponsored by AAPT (American Association of Physics Teachers) and the American Institute of Physics (AIP) each year. The selection process of the U.S. Physics Team is:

  • F=ma exam — held in January
  • USAPhO exam (Semi-final) — for top 400 F=ma scorers, held in March
  • S. Physics Team Training Camp – for top 20 on USAPhO, held in May
  • Travelling Team – top 5 selected from Training Camp, compete in International Physics Olympiad Competition in June

Instructor Information

Dr.Y holds a MS degree in Physics from University of New York at Buffalo and a PhD in Biology from Rutgers. This genius young teacher won first place in the Chinese Physics Olympiad (CPhO) and second place in the Chinese Mathematical Olympiad (CMO) when he was in high school. On top of those amazing honors, Dr. Y has 15 years of teaching experience across all levels of students and has developed his own teaching methods and course material which he gives out to his students. You think you are not a math and physics genius? Well, Dr. Y will make you one. A less than stellar student can become the top of his/her class which is a common theme when you take Dr. Y’s course. For students entering math competitions 99% pass AMC10/12 and move on to enter AIME, and for students entering physics competition Dr. Y will help you successfully pass the first round. For those top talented students, Dr. Y will help transition you to the U.S. Olympiad Team where he has a track record of success. A gifted teacher has a genius way to make you become a genius. Why wait, please register for Dr. Y’s competition classes and become a rising star.

Teaching Philosophy

Dr. Y will not immerse the students with endless exercises. His approach is to teach the students to analyze the problem logically, to understand why the problem is created, and to grasp the concept solidly.  It is his belief that if you keep a critical mind and think “why” in the learning process, no problem cannot be solved.

Course Information

Three level of courses are offered. The course “Introduction to Physics” has two semesters.

  • Introduction to Physics

This course is for the students who are grade 8 and under and have no prior exposure to Physics. This course will introduce the concepts and basics of Physics and will teach the students how to apply Physics to solve some interesting real life problems. This course will develop the students’ interest in Physics and prepare the students to advance to Physics competition courses.

  • Olympiad Physics I

This course is for the students who are in grade 7 to grade 11 and want to take the F=ma screening exam of the United States Physics Olympiad. With the guidance of the gifted teacher, this course helps the students perform well in the F=ma exam and qualify for the USAPhO, the semi-final exam.

  • Olympiad Physics II

This course is for the advanced students who are in high school and qualify or almost qualify for USAPhO or has equal level of knowledge. With the guidance of the gifted teacher, this course helps the students perform well in the USAPhO exam and transition to the U.S. Olympiad Team.


The Olympiads provide the opportunity for young people to discover and maximize their potential in Math and Physics. Our gifted teacher has over 20 years’ involvement both as a contestant and as an instructor.  These courses are designed for the students who have a bright mind with the high ability to think and reason, who have a love for learning, and who are excited by the challenge of the Olympiads.If you see any of these in you, our teacher will guide and inspire you through this challenging and rewarding learning process and help you succeed.