Harvard Physics Circle

Attending the Physics Olympiad is a remarkable opportunity for high-school students. The recent International Physics Olympiad was held in Tel-Aviv, Israel, in July 2019, where teams of 5 from dozens of countries participated. 

To learn more about the International Physics Olympiad, click here.

We will be preparing students for the first screening exam for the US Physics Olympiad team, known as the "F=ma" exam,  held annualy at the end of January. The material for this exam is mostly mechanics - you can find examples of previous exams here. The mentoring will be done by undergraduate and graduate students, from Harvard and MIT, starting in the fall and continuing through January. In the spring (January through March) we will be preparing students for the Semi-Finals exam, which covers a much broader range of materials.


This year, we will be holding the Harvard Physics Circle meetings virtually over zoom, starting Saturday September 19 at 3 pm. Participation is open to any interested high school students. To receive the links for the virtual sessions, please email your name, school and grade to:  harvardphysicscircle@gmail.com 


To students who missed the first sessions: Meetings will continue weekly on Saturdays at 1 pm EDT, and you can still join! Simply sign up as instructed above. The syllabus and relevant pdfs can be found below. 


Date Topic
Sep 19 Kinematics
Sep 26 Dimensional Analysis/Math
Oct 3 Statics
Oct 10 Momentum
Oct 17 Work-Energy
Oct 24 Circular Motion
Oct 31 Angular Momentum
Nov 7 Harmonic Motion
Nov 14 Gravitation Laws
Nov 21 Orbital Mechanics
Nov 28 Hydrostatics




physics_circle_kinematics.pdf2.02 MB
physics_circle_dimensional_analysis_and_math.pdf1.1 MB
physics_circle_statics.pdf391 KB
physics_circle_momentum.pdf1.05 MB
physics_circle_work_energy.pdf537 KB
physics_circle_circular_motion.pdf328 KB