April 22, 2017: 32nd Annual SLAPT Physics Contest at Washington University, St. Louis
The Physics Department of Washington University in St. Louis will host a competition to be held on its campus Saturday, April 22nd, 2017. There will also be a scientific talk geared to teachers and parents occurring during the exam. The contest itself, open to all high school students, will have two different exams. Students can only take one of the tests.
The first exam will be only mechanics and consist of 50 multiple-choice questions. The cash prizes for this exam will be: First Prize of $100, Second Prize of $50, and Third Prize of $25. We will present Certificates of Honorable Mention to the next highest scoring twenty percent of the contestants. We encourage first-year physics students to take this test.
The second exam will also consist of 50 multiple choice questions. The approximate numbers of questions covering the various topics will be: mechanics (18), waves (5), sound (3), fluids (1), thermodynamics (4), electricity and magnetism (11), optics (5), and modern physics (3). The cash prizes for this exam will be: First Prize of $100, Second Prize of $50, and Third Prize of $25. We will present Certificates of Honorable Mention to the next highest scoring twenty percent of the contestants.
To enable smaller schools to compete more fairly, we will have a large and a small division for all team awards again this year. The team score from a large school (>500 students) will be the total of the highest four scores from that school. The team score from a small school will be the total of the highest three scores from that school. The top three highest-scoring schools will receive certificates marking their excellence.
The test is also an excellent practice opportunity for students who will be taking an AP Physics exam in the following week.
For both exams we will allow calculators of all types. It is the responsibility of the teacher to ensure that all calculator memories are cleared. We will supply the values of physical constants, but no equations. The students are not allowed to bring a formula sheet. Each contestant may keep a copy of the test, but we will not return the graded answer sheets. We will send a list of all winners to teachers with students participating in the competition along with statistics on the test results. Individual scores below the top three in each division will be kept confidential, except that we will report the score of each contestant to his or her teacher.
The tests will run from 9:00 am until 11:00 am followed by a 1.75-hour lunch break and an award ceremony lasting from 12:45 until 1:15 pm. Students should arrive at 8:40 am. The test and awards ceremony will take place in Crow Hall in the northeast section of Washington University's Danforth Campus. Maps can be found here: http://wustl.edu/
community/visitors/maps/. Crow is building 23. Metered parking is available along Brookings Drive, and visitors may park in yellow parking spaces on Saturdays at the east end of campus. There is a cafeteria on campus.Previous Mechanics ExamsThe following are the "Mechanics Division" tests for the St. Louis Area Physics Teachers (SLAPT) Physics Contest from 2005 to 2009. If you are a first year physics student (freshman, junior or senior) this is the level of exam that you will take.And these are the answer keys for those examsIn 2012, the Exam was first held at Washington University. The following is the test and answer key from the 2012 "Mechanics Division" Exam.The following is the 2004 SLAPT Exam before it was divided into 2 divisions. This is a comprehensive exam covering Mechanics and beyond2004 SLAPT Physics ExamExams from previous years when the contest was held at St. Louis University. These are comprehensive exams covering Mechanics and beyond. If you are a freshman, preparing for the contest, avoid questions that are outside of the realm of mechanics. If you are an AP Physics student, this is the level of the exam that you will be taking.AP Physics Students: The following are the "Senior Division" tests for the St. Louis Area Physics Teachers (SLAPT) Physics Contest from 2005 to 2009.And the following are the answers for those examsIn 2012 the contest moved to Washington University. The following is the test and answer key for the "Senior Division" for 2012:Here are the practice problems that freshmen considering participating in the contest might want to consider doing.Momentum Problems