The 51st International Physics Olympiad (IPhO) was held in Vilnius, capital of Lithuania, from 17th to 25th of July. Nearly 400 students from 76 countries participated in the event.
The five members of the Chinese national team, including Shi Jingzhe from No. 2 High School of ECNU, all won GOLD medals in the 51st IPhO.
In Shi Jingzhe's opinion, the theoretical problem of the 51st IPhO is relatively simple compared to the experimental problem. The two experimental questions required connecting the flat plate to the circuit board and welding the components to be tested to the measuring circuit, and then using a special app to record and process the data. Learning to use the app itself also took a certain amount of time.
Fan Xiaohui, coach of the Chinese Physics Olympic competition, said that the competition was hosted in two days, with experimental questions on the 19th, and theoretical questions on the 21st. The contestants had a day off on the 20th. The experimental questions were slightly more difficult. One of them tested the students' ability to use experimental equipment. Shi Jingzhe did not perform his best, but he quickly adjusted himself and scored well on the theoretical questions.
Shi Jingzhe and his competition coach Fan Xiaohui
In the eye of the coach, Shi Jingzhen is a very steadfast student. “In class, no matter how simple the concepts are, he listens very attentively and thus has laid a solid foundation. He did not get the top grade when he first entered school, but he was highly-motivated and well-planned. He used his time wisely and made good progress step by step.
According to Shi Jingzhe, Mr. Fan Xiaohui had given tailor-made guidance to each student in the physics competition group, teaching them how to improve their learning methods, how to develop strengths, and how to avoid their weaknesses.
Since 2018, No. 2 High School of ECNU has won gold medals at IPhO for 4 years in succession. During the past 30 years, the school has won 30 gold medals in international competitions.
The International Physics Olympiad (IPhO) is the most prestigious international physics competition for secondary school students. The main aim of IPhO is to test the highest level of knowledge, critical thinking, problem solving, right practices of presentation and analysis, and hands-on skills in theoretical and experimental physics.The IPhO is organized annually in different countries as a 9 to 10 day competition wherein national teams comprising a maximum of five of their best physics students and two team leaders participate.
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