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Tuesday, April 25, 2017 12:37 pm

Clubs: Physics Team

Time: Tuesdays, 3 p.m. 4 p.m.
Place: Room 215
Sponsor: James Schafer
President: Timothy Peng, Benjamin Lee, Christina Zou
Physics isn't all about formulas and calculations. Members of the Physics Team have a passion for the subject and use their knowledge and creativity to solve problems and build machines.

James Schafer has been the Physics Team sponsor for the past six years. "I really like helping kids to learn about and get interested in physics," he says.

During meetings, club members practice United States Physics Olympiad (USAPHO) tryout questions or listen to lectures, often given by presidents Benjamin Lee, Christina Zou and Timothy Peng. "[We] give lectures on physics that you don't learn in the public school curriculum usually intuition and common sense, from a physical and mathematical standpoint," Peng says.

The team is currently preparing for two competitions: on Nov. 17, the Final Frontiers competition and coming up at the end of the year, the USAPHO, which Peng calls "intuition-based."

"In Final Frontiers, you have to construct a device to meet a task," Schafer says. The team might make cranes, bridges or vehicles, according to Schafer. The competition includes six problem categories, which students solve one by one by creating unique devices. The Physics Team normally does well, competing against other Montgomery County high schools. "We usually will win a couple events," Schafer says.

Besides preparing for competitions, students can come to the physics club for help or just to satisfy their curiosity. "Physics Club allows students a better grasp upon physics," Peng says. "What we try to do in Physics Club is show why the formula works for the problem and how we get the formula."

For students seeking help with their homework or a way to achieve perpetual motion, the Physics Team is a good place to start.

To join the Physics Team, contact James Schafer, Timothy Peng, Benjamin Lee or Christina Zou.

Club beat by Kiera Zitelman