Albany Area Math Circle students Andrew Ardito and Yipu Wang have placed among a select group of 150 students nationwide who have qualified for the USA Physics Olympiad semifinals this month. This is the third level of the competition--roughly speaking, it is the physics analogue to the USA Math Olympiad, so it is a very significant honor for them to reach this level. Andrew and Yipu are also veterans of the USAMO in past years, and in the first two levels of the physics olympiad competition, they have now demonstrated their ability to apply their outstanding problem solving skills to physics as well.
Twenty-four students from the physics olympiad semifinals will be named to the USA Physics Olympiad Team and will attend the special USA Physics Olympiad Training Camp at the University of Maryland in late May. Five of those students will ultimately be named to the USA Physics Olympiad Travel Team and will represent the US at the International Physics Olympiad this summer.
Andrew is an 11th grade homeschooler from Coxsackie. Yipu is a senior at Guilderland High School.
Good luck to both Andrew and Yipu!