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British Physics Olympiad – AS challenge 2021

The British Physics Olympiad (BPhO) is a charitable trust that operates out of the Physics Department at Oxford University. The BPhO offers challenges each year to budding physicists who are secondary school age. Whilst physics is inherently all about problem solving, the aim of these challenges is to push students beyond their current qualification level with questions that are open ended and unstructured, helping them to develop the skills necessary for entry into the top universities. There is also chance to represent Britain at the International Physics Olympiad for those who achieve the top marks.

Five students from Launceston College took part in the AS challenge this year; Edward Lancaster, Harry Tomlin, Edwards Kenyon, Rohan Meergans and Lu Ling He. The paper was tough, as expected, consisting of questions on radiation and matter, optics and classical mechanics.  All performed very well, scoring marks on all sections. The standout performer was Edward Lancaster who managed to achieve a ‘Gold’ award. A fantastic achievement. These pupils will make fantastic candidates for round 1 of the Olympiad next year.

Pictured from left to right: Edward Lancaster, Lu Ling He, Harry Tomlin, Rohan Meergans and Edward Kenyon.