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Premier Competition

What is it?

Every November, hundreds of high school-level students around the world showcase their skills by competing in an individual-based physics competition hosted internationally. This event bears the name Physics Unlimited Premier Competition.

The 2020 Premier Competition took place in multiple time zones on Sunday, November 15, 2020. Due to COVID-19 the event was held virtually this year by default. For students located in China, our partner organization hosted it as a hybrid model, please see this page for details.

The 2019 Premier Competition took place on Sunday, November 17, 2019.

General overview

We invite high school students around the world to take part in this internationally-hosted challenge exam. In 2020 it will be possible to compete virtually. Details will be emailed to all confirmed registrants on 11/08.

Competitors are given 1.5 hours to write their solutions to approximately four problems of the level and scope roughly equivalent to what one may expect in U.S.-based AP Physics 1, 2, and/or C curricula. Therefore, problems may cover areas beyond classical mechanics.

Physics Unlimited oversees global sites, facilitated through partnerships with educational and non-profit institutions listed here.

Assignment and results archive

Competition packets from recent years: 2018 | 2019 | 2020
Lists of finalists from recent years: 2018 | 2019 | 2020

Kinds of prizes

The standard prizes include conventional gold, silver, and bronze-level recognition, in addition to honorable mention certificates. All competitors additionally receive a certificate of participation at their host site.

If you took part in the Premier Competition before, we hope you have both enjoyed and were challenged by the featured problems, and we encourage you to participate again this year. We also invite you to consider our other recurring events.

Finally, we would like to extend gratitude to our partners representating the international sites hosting the competition for their time and dedication, and we look forward to expanding our partnership network in the coming year.