Online Winter Physics Camps

F=ma Booster Camp

AlphaStar Winter Physics Camp is a unique opportunity for interested and talented students to be prepared for Physics Olympiad.

It is a day camp focused on the F=ma test and consists of accelerated coverage of topics and special problem-solving techniques.


A scientific calculator is required and preferred over a graphing calculator.


Registration Periods

Period Deadline Fee
Early Registration November 30, 2021 %5 discount
Regular Registration Registrations Close Regular fee


Daily Schedule

9:00am – 12:15pm Classes
12:15pm – 1:30pm Lunch break
1:30pm – 4:45pm Classes


December 26th-31st, 2021

Curriculum and Levels

AlphaStar Winter Physics Camp consists of accelerated coverage of topics and special problem-solving techniques.

The following topics will be covered during the camp:

  • Kinematics
  • Newton’s Laws of motion
  • Work and Energy
  • Momentum and collisions
  • Rotations
  • Gravitation
  • Periodic Motion


Below is a short description of each level. For more details and diagnostic exams, please

click for details.


F=ma exam is a multiple-choice test that is administered in January. Please check American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) Website for more information on the F=ma test and USAPhO.


Some introductory physics background, which can be any of:
First-year high school physics or
AP Physics 1 or
AP Physics C Mechanics or
AlphaStar F=ma Basic or
AlphaStar F=ma Advanced or
11th grade standing in school.


AlphaStar Academy mainly considers teaching, competition, and education background as well as passion and dedication for the subject when hiring full-time and part-time teachers.
We hire our instructors and TAs from a pool of High School, College, Ph.D. students, school teachers, and University Professors. Our faculty have teaching/coaching/tutoring experience and have expertise in the subject area, regardless of their age.
They have participation and/or training experience in national/international math competitions and Olympiads in Math, CS, and Physics such as USAMO, USACO, USAPhO, IMO, IOI, and IPhO.
They are role models and inspiration for students with their backgrounds and achievements.

AlphaStar Winter Physics Camps Faculty and guest lecturers for upcoming online/onsite camps and former camps are listed below with their most recent bios.

  • 2021
  • /
  • Former
  • /

Ayhan Duzgun.

  • A* Physics Instructor (2017: Summer Camp)
  • Ph.D. Candidate, Physics Department, Kent State University
  • M.S., Physics, University of Pittsburgh (2005)
  • International Physics Olympiad (1997: Honorable Mention, 1998: Honorable Mention, 1999: Silver Medal)

Anthony Ou.

  • AlphaStar Instructor (Since 2019)
  • MIT class of 2023
  • International Physics Olympiad Silver Medal (2018)
  • Princeton Physics Competition Gold Medal (2018)
  • Perfect Score F=ma 2019 A
  • USAPhO Gold Medal (2017-2018)

Victor Hakim.

  • AlphStar Physics Program Director (2018-present)
  • AlphaStar Physics/Math Full Time Instructor (2017-Present)
  • B.A., Applied Math – Quantum Mechanics focus, University of California, Berkeley (2017)
  • M.S., Mechanical Engr. – Controls & Dynamics, Santa Clara University (Current)
  • USAPhO Honorable Mention (2013)
  • Berkeley Math Tournament Problem Writing Coordinator (2016)
  • MathCounts Coach (Del Mar Elementary)

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