About the SYPT

The Singapore Young Physicists’ Tournament (SYPT) is a competition among teams of students in their ability to solve complicated physics problems, to present solutions to these problems in a convincing way, and to defend them in scientific discussions called Physics Fights.

The competition seeks to bring students through a process of what real physicists do, from research to modelling to experimentation and finally to an oral defence before peers and experts. The SYPT provides opportunities to develop our budding physicists and promotes a new and exciting way in the learning of physics. The members of the team to represent Singapore at the next International Young Physicists’ Tournament (IYPT) will be selected from the participants of the SYPT.

The IYPT International Organising Committee (IOC) decides on 17 problems to be used for the tournament. These problems involve different aspects of Physics and are often related to phenomena that confront us in our everyday lives. The IYPT problems are deliberately formulated in an open-ended way, and cannot be solved within a short time using standard methods in an examination.

The challenge of the IYPT is not only to prepare a scientifically good and correct solution, but also to present this solution in a convincing way and to respond spontaneously to the criticisms and solutions of the other teams. This learning model is close to the actual process of science from framing a question to investigating possible solutions to proposing and defending the final solution.

SYPT 2014 is a scaled-down and modified version of the IYPT, making use of most of the IYPT 2014 problems.

There are two categories:
Category A (JC2 or equivalent and below, as of 2014) and Category B (Sec 4 or equivalent and below, as of 2014).

Details and Results of the SYPT 2014 Finals:

Category B

Date: 18 January 2014
Venue: Raffles Girls’ School (Secondary)
Results
Nanyang Girls’ High School Team 1: Participating
NUS High School of Math and Science Team 1: Gold
NUS High School of Math and Science Team 2: Bronze
Raffles Institution Team 1: Silver
Raffles Institution Team 2: Bronze
River Valley High School Team 1: Participating
River Valley High School Team 2: Participating
Zhonghua Secondary School: Participating

Category A
Date: 25 January 2014
Venue: Raffles Girls’ School (Secondary)
Results
Anglo-Chinese School (Independent): Participating
Hwa Chong Institution: Participating
NUS High School of Math and Science Team 1: Gold
NUS High School of Math and Science Team 2: Bronze
Raffles Institution Team 1: Silver
Raffles Institution Team 2: Bronze
River Valley High School Team 1: Participating
River Valley High School Team 2: Participating




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