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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

Sunday
May 5 - Jul 28
7:30 - 9:00
PM ET
May 5 - Jul 28
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/lesson)
$390 (~$33/lesson)
CLOSED
Tuesday
Jun 11 - Aug 27
7:30 - 9:00
PM ET
Jun 11 - Aug 27
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/lesson)
$390 (~$33/lesson)
CLOSED
Sunday
Sep 8 - Nov 24
7:30 - 9:00
PM ET
Sep 8 - Nov 24
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/lesson)
$390 (~$33/lesson)
ENROLL
Friday
Oct 11 - Jan 17
7:30 - 9:00
PM ET
Oct 11 - Jan 17
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/lesson)
$390 (~$33/lesson)
ENROLL

AoPS Holidays

There are no classes August 30 ‐ September 2, October 31, November 25 ‐ December 1, and December 21, 2024 ‐ January 3, 2025.

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

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

The course really taught me how to think in a problem-solving fashion, and applying previous knowledge to new concepts and proofs. I learned a lot about how to prove things and how to explain them in a logical manner. I think it was a great course to begin studies in discrete mathematics.