# How to Prepare for Physics Olympiad

Some guidelines on how to prepare for Physics Olympiad competitions

- Be familiar with the syllabus of the IPhO. But be aware of the statement that says
*Questions may contain concepts and phenomena not contained in the Syllabus*but sufficient information must be given in the questions so that candidates without previous knowledge of these topics would not be at a disadvantage. - If you are a beginner you can start with non-calculus physics textbooks:
- “College Physics” by Alan Giambattista, Betty McCarthy Richardson, and Robert C. Richardson
- “Physics” by John D. Cutnell, Kenneth W. Johnson

- Study first year level university physics.
- “University Physics with Modern Physics with Mastering Physics™”, 13th edition, by Hugh D. Young and Roger A. Freedman
- “Physics”, Volume 1 & 2 by David Halliday, Robert Resnick and Kenneth S. Krane
- “Physics for Scientists and Engineers with Modern Physics” by Raymond A. Serway and John W. Jewett, Jr.
- Upgrade Your Physics by The British Physics Olympiad

- “Street-Fighting Mathematics” – The Art of Educated Guessing and Opportunistic Problem Solving
- Project PHYSNET PDF Modules – Concise summaries of physics topics with exercises

- Interesting Readings on General Physics and Maths:

- Textbooks on specific topics:
- “An Introduction to Mechanics” by Kleppner and Kolenkow
- “Classical Mechanics” by John R. Taylor
- “Introduction to Classical Mechanics with Problems and Solutions” by David Morin
- “Classical Dynamics of Particles and Systems” by Jerry B. Marion and Stephen T. Thornton
- “Special Relativity” by A.P. French
- “Vibrations and Waves” by A.P. French
- “Introduction to Electrodynamics, 3rd ed.” by David J. Griffiths
- “Electricity and Magnetism” by Edward M. Purcell
- “Electromagnetic Fields and Waves” by Paul Lorrain and Dale Corson

- Practice working out theoretical problems
- Past IPhO papers
- Past APhO papers
- Samples and Past Papers from The British Physics Olympiad
- POPTOR Past Problems and Solutions
- US Physics Olympiad Exams Documents
- New US Physics Olympiad Exams Documents
- BAUPC Exams and Solutions
- Estonian-Finnish Olympiad in Physics
- “Problems in General Physics” by I. E. Irodov
- Solutions to I. E. Irodov’s “Problems in General Physics”
- Physics Problems
- Problem of the Week by David Morin – Harvard Physics
- “Cavendish Problems in Classical Physics” by A.B. Pippard
- “Cambridge Problems in Physics and Advice on Solutions” by P.P. Dendy, R. Tuffnell and C.H.B. Mee
- “200 Puzzling Physics Problems with Hints and Solutions” by Peter Gnadig, Gyula Honyek and Ken Riley
- “Physics by Example – 200 Problems and Solutions” by W.G. Rees
- Selected problems from “A Guide to Physics Problems”, Part 1 and Part 2 by Sidney B. Cahn and Boris E. Nadgorny
- “Problems and Solutions on Mechanics” by Yung-Kuo Lim
- “Problems and Solutions on Atomic, Nuclear and Particle Physics” by Yung-Kuo Lim
- “ Problems and Solutions on Electromagnetism” by Yung-Kuo Lim
- “Problems and Solutions on Optics : Major American Univ. PhD Qualifying Questions and Solutions” by Yung-Kuo Lim
- “Problems and Solutions on Solid State Physics, Relativity and Miscellaneous Topics” by Yung-Kuo Lim
- “Problems and Solutions on Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics” by Yung-Kuo Lim

- “Useful Hints for Solving Physics Olympiad Problems”
- Practice doing experiments
- Past IPhO papers
- Past APhO papers
- “Practical Physics”, 4th Edition by G. L. Squires
- Student Laboratory Handbook
- “Error Analysis”
- “An Introduction to Error Analysis”, 2nd Edition by John R. Taylor

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