A-Star Physics Program has year-round courses, semester courses, and winter/summer camps. The program aims to train students toward the F=ma Exam and the USA Physics Olympiad (USAPhO). For more information on these exams please visit American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) Website.
A-Star Physics Program has four levels in the Fall/Spring courses. Please click on the course name for further details, course curricula and available sections.
Fall/Spring Courses Comparison Chart
Please click on the course links in the below chart to see further details, course curricula and available sections of the course.
|Course Name||Target Grades||Short Description||Target Contests||Who Should Take||Who Should Skip||Course Length|
|F=ma Basic||7-11||F=ma Basic course introduces the student to physics. All mechanics topics required for the F=ma will be taught from a beginner level. Any math topics needed beyond Algebra 1 will also be taught from the beginner level.||2 semesters|
|F=ma Advanced||8-12||F=ma Advanced reviews all necessary mechanics topics required for the F=ma.||1 semester|
|USAPhO Basic||8-12||USAPhO Basic course assumes knowledge of mechanics and teaches in-depth all other required USAPhO Semi-final topics.||2 semesters|
|USAPhO Advanced||8-12||USAPhO Advanced course reviews all necessary topics required for the USAPhO. Focus will be on practice and drilling.||2 semesters|
- The F=ma exam tests only mechanics, about the level of Physics C Mechanics. The USAPhO exam tests on mechanics as well as on electricity & magnetism, waves, optics, thermodynamics, special relativity and atomic physics, approximately the level of Physics C E&M and Physics 2 combined.
- All year-round courses are two semesters long, except the “F=ma Advanced” course, which is one semester long.
- Students who have completed “F=ma Advanced” in the Fall can jump into “USAPhO Basic” in the Spring if they can catch up with recommended readings.
A-Star 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 F=ma test and consists of accelerated coverage of topics and special problem solving techniques.
Please see A-Star Winter Physics Camp page for further details.
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.
Please see A-Star Summer Physics Camp page for further details.