2022 Premier

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 2022 Premier Competition took place in multiple time zones on Sunday, November 6, 2022. As last year, two sessions of the event were hosted and proctored virtually by our volunteers. Separate virtual and in-person sessions were hosted by our international partners for students located in select countries.

Assignment and solutions

  • Problem packet: 2022 exam
  • Solutions and scoring guide: 2022 solutions

  • Rankings and recognition

    350 eligible submissions from 20 countries were read and scored by volunteers for Physics Unlimited and by our international partners' graders. The following results include all submissions received during our two general sessions and sessions hosted by the above-listed host sites:
  • Sorted by score, out of 105 points: 2022 results, by score
  • Sorted by participants' home country: 2022 results, by country/site

  • Post-participation survey statistics

    68 of the participant students took this survey. Some questions were optional.
    AP courses
    Difficulty by Grade level
    Difficulty by Age
    Difficulty by Gender

    Preparation details

  • Material on this exam may assess anything covered in AP Physics 1, 2, or C curricula (or their international equivalents), so all students are encouraged to refresh their memory of major topics from these or equivalent classes.
  • Competitors should prepare at least 10 sheets of blank paper, a ruler (for drawing a graph in one of the problems), and a simple numeric calculator.
  • During the virtual sessions hosted by our volunteers, we would ask for a mobile device with the video software to face each competitor's desk from the rear side, so that the working space and a laptop screen with the problem packet is visible to proctors.

  • We will announce further updates here and on our official Facebook page, which we encourage everyone to follow for timely notifications.

    Kinds of prizes
    The standard prizes include conventional gold, silver, and bronze-level recognition certificates, in addition to honorable mention certificates. All competitors additionally receive a certificate of participation. Due to the global nature of this competition, all prizes are to be e-mailed by the organizers to their corresponding recipients in digital form within several weeks following the official release of results. (We apologize in advance for any operational delays.)

    Finally, we would like to thank you for your interest and participation in Premier Competition 2022. We 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.