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.

The problems for IYPT 2016 can be found by clicking here. The SYPT is a scaled-down and modified version of the IYPT, making use of the IYPT problems.

Dates for SYPT 2016

Event Dates
Briefing for SYPT 2016 24 Jul 2015
SYPT 2016 Cat B shortlisting 14 Nov 2015
SYPT 2016 Cat A shortlisting 21 Nov 2015
SYPT 2016 Cat B final 23 Jan 2016
SYPT 2016 Cat A final 30 Jan 2016

Briefing for SYPT 2016

Please register fo rthe briefing via this link http://tinyurl.com/2016-SYPT-briefing latest by 23 Jul 2015.

Both teachers and students are welcome to attend this briefing. The briefing will give a quick overview of the competition format while the main focus is for Dr Yeo Ye to explain the 17 problems in the 2016 IYPT/SYPT list. Two problems from the 2015 SYPT/IYPT list will also be presented by students from the 2015 Singapore IYPT team.

  • Conducted by: NUSH (hosting school for SYPT 2016) and Dr Yeo Ye (NUS, IYPT IOC member)
  • Date: 24 Jul 2015 (Fri)
  • Time: 2.30-6pm
  • Venue: NUS, Science Faculty, LT 26

Shortlisting for SYPT 2016

Please register for the shortlisting via think link: http://tinyurl.com/2016-SYPT-registration latest by 24 Oct 2015.

  • Dates: 14 Nov 2015 (Sat) – Cat B, 21 Nov 2015 (Sat) – Cat A
  • Time: 8am-6pm (Schedule for each school will be given after the registration is closed)
  • Venue: NUSH (Exact venue will be given after the registration is closed)

Results of 2015 SYPT Cat A

Gold – NUSH Team 1

Silver – RI Team 2

Bronze – NUSH Team 2

Bronze – RI Team 1

Bronze – HCI Team 2

Participation – RVHS Team 2

Participation – HCI Team 1

Participation – ACJC Team 2

Results of 2015 SYPT Cat B

Gold – RI Team 2

Silver – NUSH Team 1

Bronze – RI Team 1

Bronze – NUSH Team 2

Bronze – RVHS Team 1

Participation – HCI Team 1

Participation -NYGH Team 1

Participation – HCI Team 2



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