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F=ma Problem Series

This course will prepare you to take the F=ma exam, the first test in a series of contests that determines the members of the US team for the International Physics Olympiad. You'll learn the classical mechanics you need for the F=ma exam as we solve and analyze problems taken from past exams. We'll also cover strategies for taking the test, and you'll get to take a practice F=ma test of brand-new problems.

12 weeks

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Schedule

Monday
Sep 25 - Dec 18
7:30 - 9:00
PM ET
Sep 25 - Dec 18
7:30 - 9:00 PM Eastern
6:30 - 8:00 PM Central
5:30 - 7:00 PM Mountain
4:30 - 6:00 PM Pacific
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$390 (~$33/week)
$390 (~$33/week)
CLOSED
Wednesday
Feb 14 - May 1
7:30 - 9:00
PM ET
Feb 14 - May 1
7:30 - 9:00 PM Eastern
6:30 - 8:00 PM Central
5:30 - 7:00 PM Mountain
4:30 - 6:00 PM Pacific
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$390 (~$33/week)
$390 (~$33/week)
ENROLL
Summer 2024This course will be offered in Summer 2024. Click here to join our mailing list to be notified when the course schedule is available.

AoPS Holidays

There are no classes May 25 ‐ 27, July 4, August 30 ‐ September 2, and November 25 ‐ December 1.

Who Should Take?

This course is designed for high school students who have already learned the basics of Newtonian mechanics—specifically, Newton's laws, Newtonian gravity, and forces like friction and tension. If you've already passed the F=ma exam and are looking toward USAPhO, you'll want to take our PhysicsWOOT course instead.

Lessons

Lesson 1 1D Kinematics
Lesson 2 2D Kinematics and Vectors
Lesson 3 Newton's Laws
Lesson 4 Momentum and Energy
Lesson 5 Collisions
Lesson 6 Data Analysis
Lesson 7 Rotational Motion
Lesson 8 Orbital Mechanics
Lesson 9 Statics I - Balancing Forces and Torques
Lesson 10 Statics II - Fluids and Material Properties
Lesson 11 Oscillations
Lesson 12 Dimensional Analysis

The class was very interesting and informative. I would recommend this to any aspiring problem solver.