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International distributed
Physics Olympiad 2020

The Advisory Board of the International Physics Olympiad endorsed
the event in a distributed format.
December 7-15, 2020

About the event

When

Planned to be December 7-15, 2020. 

 

Problems

Both theoretical and experimental exams are expected. The experimental equipment will be sent to the countries and given to the contestants. The exams duration is 5 hours each.

Where

In your home countries. Once the country joins the event the local organizers arrange the location and facilities.

Eligibility

The event is organized for those students who qualified for the IPhO 2020. So the first-year (just entered) students of Universities are eligible to participate.

Supervision

The exams are to be supervised by the representatives of the Organizing Committee and via video-surveillance.

Awards

The regulations of the IPhO apply here. That is the ratios and medal borders will be determined accordingly. 

Frequently asked questions

How do you plan to organize the event in 13 time zones?

That is the main challenge. The eastern countries will start the exams about 3-4 pm local time, while western about 8-9 am. The main idea is that the last country should start writing before the first one finishes.

How the problem discussion is organized?

For security reasons no problem discussion is planned. A preliminary meeting of international Academic Committee will be organized to discuss the problems and introduce changes.

How the problem translation is organized?

Oly-exams translation tool will be used. For security reasons the Organizing Committee will prepare the translation to the languages of the registered countries. The access to the countries will be given 2-3 hours before the exam to introduce the corrections. Since the corrections are to be done in the home country, the local organizers can invite as many observers as possible. The Academic Committee will do its best to keep problems shorter.

Should we printout any documents before/after of the exams?

Yes. You should printout corrected (by you) Texts of the Problems, Answer Sheets, Working Sheets and General Instruction. Files of Working Sheets and General Instruction will be sent you beforehand.

Can students use calculators?

Yes. But non-programmable only. The calculators models should be coordinated with the Organizing Committee.

How do you collect the students solutions?

The representative of the Organizing Committee with the help of local organizers scans the students solutions and uploads them to Oly-exams tool.

How the moderation is organized?

The Academic Committee as well as Leaders marking is planned to be done via special web-interface. The pre-moderation procedure will be organized to check for the discrepances in sub-points of the marking scheme. Finally, the moderation is planned as Zoom-sessions with leaders.

 

What if you don't find a representative in our country?

Organizing Committee heavily relies on the alumni network of Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology all over the world. In the worst case when the country does not admit foreigners and we can not find a representative inside, your country can participate as a guest team without our supervision.

Should a team pay a participation fee?

No. But we appreciate any support in accommodation, local transportation etc. of the representative of the Organizing Committee.

Should the room for exams have a copying machine, printer etc.?

Yes. We ask you to place printing and copying facilities in the Room for exams or (if it’s impossible) in the neighboring room. You should provide color copies. This room should also have a good Internet connection.

What are requirements to the area close to the room for exams?

This area should be closed for not involved persons (i.e., available only for participating students and for team leaders only during correcting of translations). Toilet should be within this area. May be, there should be a cooler with pure water (or bottles with water).

Do you need any assistance during exams?

Yes. We kindly ask you for one helping person during exams. This person shouldn’t be involved in translation.

Can our team take competition exams in a neighboring country?

Yes. We would greatly appreciate if you will find a possibility to bring your team to a neighboring country. In this case we will avoid problems related to sending Envoy to your country. Please, inform us whether you can do it.

Are there any specific requirements to the room for exams?

No. It should be well-lighted room. Each participant should have an individual table. Tables should be separated at least by 1.5 meters. There should be also a table for the Envoy. And chairs, of course.

Event schedule

Day Event
November 8 Teams registration deadline
December 7 Teams arrival to the competitions sites, OC representatives arrivals, instructions
December 8 Theoretical examination, preliminary translation
December 9 Day off
December 10 Experimental examination, preliminary translation
December 11 Marking
December 12 Marking submission deadline, premoderation
December 13 Moderation
December 14 Board meeting, medals distribution
December 15 Closing ceremony

Problems

Problem Authors Task Solution Marking scheme Translations
I20-T1. Problem mix Andrey Uymin (MIPT),
Ivan Vorobyov (NSU)
I20-T2. Anisotropic friction Leonid Koldunov (MIPT)
I20-T3. Laser technologies Konstantin Parfenov (MSU)
I20-E1. Crystallography Daniil Vakhrameev (MIPT),
Valentin Borshchevskiy (MIPT),
Fedor Tsybrov (MIPT)

Additional files
for pseudo-experiment

Winners

Gold medals Silver medals Bronze medals Honourable mentions
Zhang Yifei, ChinaFukala Viktor, Czech RepublicRajkov Bogdan, SerbiaLopatko Rolands, Latvia
Sun Rui, ChinaŚlusarczyk Tomasz, PolandOry Schwierz, IsraelZarytskyi Petro, Ukraine
Li Shichang, ChinaAlmog Wald, IsraelChoi Wai Ching, Hong KongYusupov Abdullodzhon, Tajikistan
Han Yongyan, ChinaRaj Vaibhav, IndiaHamdi Lugas Firdinand, IndonesiaHartono Dean, Indonesia
Ouyang Xiaoyu, ChinaDoboš Ronald, SlovakiaTezcan Alper, TurkeyArsy Ahmad, Indonesia
Kharichkin Ivan, RussiaHo Li Xiong, Timothy, SingaporeVrcek Janko, CroatiaAbdrazakov Chingiz, Kyrgyzstan
Pokrovskii Maksim, RussiaZahorodnii Andrii, UkraineSchmied Martin, Czech RepublicSánchez-Bonilla Martínez Javier, Spain
Emelianova Tatiana, RussiaLau Sze Chun, Hong KongNguyen Le Duc Hoang, VietnamLaariara Daoud, Belgium
Zenkovich Alexander, RussiaBeguš Dušan, SerbiaPremec Grgur, CroatiaThom Leo, Switzerland
Russkikh Ivan, RussiaXu Edward Yanyang, Hong KongPaide Jarl Patrick, EstoniaJERBY ABDALAZEEZ, Syria
Gyoletsyan Artashes, ArmeniaNguyen Khac Hai Long, VietnamLo Chon Hei, Macao (SAR of China)Kossacki Jan, Poland
Putra Wilsen Chandra, IndonesiaFaulend Bernard, CroatiaPivko Pavol, SlovakiaLewandowski Jakub, Poland
Sadhani Peter Addison, IndonesiaŞahin Bayram Alp, TurkeyRakhimzhanov Dinmukhamed, Republic of KazakhstanRouxinol Gabriel, Portugal
Ghita Antonia Alma, RomaniaDukach Konstantin, EstoniaDzadzamia George, GeorgiaOtgonbayar Misheel, Mongolia
Han Jiatao Jerry, SingaporeMaciel Dias Davi, BrazilXashayev Rail, UzbekistanThaman Kushal, India
Shao Yang, SingaporeTian Shuhao, SingaporeYeung Franklin Hor Chung, Macao (SAR of China)López Fernández Javier, Spain
Leong Eu-Shaun, SingaporeBurlacu Eduard-Florin, RomaniaISLAM RASHEDUL, BangladeshHorn Lennart, Switzerland
Vu Ngo Hoang Duong, VietnamChakhoyan Hakob, ArmeniaNoga Keren, Israel
Ardeleanu George Cristian, RomaniaFrija Marius, MoldovaNicollerat Loïc, Switzerland
Herman Jaroslav, Czech RepublicSubotić Dušan, MontenegroGenç Eser İlke, Turkey
Magauin Rassul, Republic of KazakhstanKahu Kristjan-Erik, EstoniaBoboshov Sardor, Uzbekistan
Chiriac George, RomaniaKarakhanyan Ruben, ArmeniaYahyazade Siraj, Azerbaijan
Ihnatenko Oleksii, UkraineKüssner Lennart, SwedenSpūlis Viesturs, Latvia
Silva Bastos de Almeida Alexandre , BrazilIsmagulov Temirlan, Republic of KazakhstanErmolaev Petr, Switzerland
Bukovšek Simon, SloveniaVija Hendrik, EstoniaSno Shofar, Suriname
Cotirlan Claudiu-Mihai, RomaniaRAHIM IMTIAZ TANWEER, BangladeshGuo Allan, Hong Kong
Kivisalu Kaarel, EstoniaPaiva Martim, PortugalShamsiev Yakhyo, Tajikistan
Pirov Daler, TajikistanJakeš Hynek, Czech RepublicISHTIAK GOLAM, Bangladesh
Lior Bar Hillel, IsraelSagi Nahushtan, IsraelAyala-Duarte Luis Eduardo, Mexico
Le Minh Hoang, VietnamMoos Dominik, SwitzerlandSuleymanzade Ayhan, Azerbaijan
Csipes Jozef, SlovakiaVučić Marko, Bosnia and HerzegovinaMatraszek Miłosz, Poland
Trang Dao Cong Minh, VietnamNicov Stefan, MoldovaBatbayar Bilguun, Mongolia
Parmaksız Yunus Emer, TurkeyABO RDAN M.SUBHI, Syria Tursunov Azizbek, Uzbekistan
Güner Öykü Sıla, TurkeyBashirov Murad, AzerbaijanHartanto Kwee Jeffrey, Hong Kong
Lopes Ponciano Lima Matheus, BrazilChwistek Karel, Czech RepublicKopadze Luka, Georgia
Ferreira Rodrigues Vinícius , BrazilTakose Ian Seo , BrazilPurice Vladimir, Moldova
Kaldybayev Rauan, Republic of KazakhstanSkewes-Zorrilla Ricardo, MexicoConchello Vendrell Víctor, Spain
Draganchuk Anton, Republic of KazakhstanNikuradze Nikoloz, GeorgiaRuiz Lupon Javier , Spain
BOURHANI OMAR, Syria
Krčmar Sergej, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Podbregar Lev, Slovenia
Kirtadze Luka, Georgia
Almeida Gabriel, Portugal
Carneiro Nuno, Portugal
Abdukhamidov Abdurahmon, Tajikistan
ALHASNI ABDULLAH, Syria
Samardžić Petar, Serbia
Kamoliddinzoda Mukhammadkhuja, Tajikistan

Primary organizers

The Organizing Committee of IdPhO 2020 is represented by Russia. Two educational institutions from Moscow are in charge of the project: Center for Teacher Excellence and Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology.

The inquiries shoud be addressed to i20@phystech.edu

Academic Committee

The marking of students solutions and problems preparation was performed by Norayr Asriyan, Ilya Barygin, Valentin Borshchevskiy, Pavel Buslaev, Maksim Eliseev, Ivan Erofeev, Ilya Fradkin, Jaan Kalda, Maksim Karmanov, Alexander Kireev, Alexander Kobyakin, Leonid Koldunov, Andrey Konovalov, Anatoly Koribut, Kirill Kovalev, Nina Kudryashova, Konstantin Kutelev, Vyacheslav Kuznetsov, Arina Kuznetsova, Andrey Lyovin, Vladimir Malinovskiy, Ivan Maslov, Darya Mokrousova, Vasily Nesterov, Fedor Oksanichenko, Andrey Panferov, Konstantin Parfenov, Danila Parinov, Arseniy Pikalov, Yaroslav Pozdnyak, Shtefan Sanduleanu, Igor Shenderovich, Yury Skakov, Elena Sunchugasheva, Pavel Tikhonov, Stanislav Tsapaev, Fedor Tsybrov, Andrey Uymin, Daniil Vakhrameev, Igor Vilkin, Ivan Vorobyov, Zakhar Yakovlev, Ivan Yudin, Vasily Yugov.

Deputy heads: Dmitry Aleksandrov, Vitaly Shevchenko

Head: Artem Voronov