A-Star Summer Physics Camp is a unique opportunity for interested and talented students to be prepared for Physics Olympiad.
It is a day camp focused on F=ma and USAPhO tests and consists of accelerated coverage of topics and special problem solving techniques.
A-Star Summer Physics Camp is 3-week long with 15 instructional days during weekdays. The same camp is offered two times during Summer 2018 for the convenience of our parents and students. There is no difference among the camps in terms of curriculum and material.
|Camp 1||Camp 2|
|July 2-20, 2018||July 23 – Aug 10, 2018|
* There will be classes on July 4th.
Lectures are given by A-Star faculty and other instructors who have participation and/or training experience in national/international olympiads such as United States National Physics Olympiad (USAPhO) and International Physics Olympiad (IPhO).
2018 A-Star Summer Physics Camps Faculty will be available soon. Former camp faculty and guest lecturers are as follows:
Click on course name below to register:
|Camp 1 (July 2-20, 2018)||Camp 2 (July 23 – Aug 10, 2018)|
Regular Fee: $2300 (Includes lunch)
|Early Registration||March 31, 2018||$150 discount|
|Regular Registration||April 30, 2018||Regular fee|
|Late Registration||Until Closes||$150 increase|
Typical daily schedule (Monday – Friday) is as follows:
|8:30am - 9:00am||Student drop-off|
|9:00am - 12:15pm||Classes|
|12:15pm - 1:45pm||Lunch (will be provided)|
|1:45pm - 5:00pm||Classes|
|5:00pm - 5:30pm||Student pick-up|
Levels and Curriculum
There are two levels at the camp as listed below: F=ma and USAPhO.
Before or during the camp, adjustments can be made to the level depending on space availability if the instructor agrees.
Please check American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) Website for more information on F=ma test and USAPhO.
F=ma Summer Camp is a rigorous introduction to physics. The camp will establish the students in mechanics and will prepare them for the F=ma Exam in January, as well as the AP Physics exams. All mechanics topics required for the F=ma are taught from a beginner level as well as any math topics needed beyond Algebra 2. Students of any level will spend most of the time on in-class practice and drilling. The camp will conclude with several practice F=ma exams.
Students should have strong ability in select Algebra 2 topics:
- Working with exponents and exponential notation
- Using nth roots of real numbers
- Finding roots of a quadratic; applying the quadratic equation
- Finding the inverse of an invertible function
- Solving systems of equations
- Working with exponential functions, e.g. ex or 2x
- Working with logarithms, e.g. ln(x) or log(x)
- The F = ma Summer Camp will have a limited review on Day 1 of all necessary Algebra 2 topics. The camp will also teach basic trigonometry and basic differential and integral calculus on Day 1.
- The calculus taught in the camp is only the very basics and is strictly supplementary. Calculus is only used sparsely in lecture as a mathematical tool to motivate certain formulas in physics. None of the physics problems in the F = ma Summer Camp will use calculus.
- As examples, students who have completed any of the following would have sufficient preparation for the F = ma Summer Camp:
- Algebra 2 course in school
- First-year physics course in school
- The AlphaStar year-round F = ma Basic course
- The AlphaStar year-round Mathcounts Advanced course
|1||Basic Trigonometry; Basic Calculus|
|7||Work & Energy|
|8||Momentum & Collisions|
|9||Rotations & Torque|
|11||Periodic Motion; Fluids|
|15||Exam; Award Ceremony|
USAPhO Summer Camp gives students the additional knowledge past mechanics for the USAPhO Exam. Assuming a strong familiarity with mechanics and calculus, USAPhO Camp will teach and provide challenging problems in mechanical waves, optics, fluids, special relativity, atomic physics, thermodynamics, and electromagnetism. USAPhO-level mechanics problems are also reviewed daily.
Strong familiarity with mechanics; Calculus at the level of AP Calc AB.
|5||Atomic & Nuclear Physics|
|6||Temperature & Heat|
|7||Kinetic Theory of Gases|
|8||Heat Engines & Entropy|
|11||DC Circuit Elements|
|13||Inductance; Maxwell’s Equations|
|14||Exam; Black Holes Documentary|
|15||Exam; Award Ceremony|
Please see the A-Star Physics Program page for more details.
If you have further questions about levels, please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org