Ukrainian Physicists' Tournament for University Students

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Ukrainian Physicists' Tournament for University Students (Ukrainian: Всеукраїнський студентський турнір фізиків, commonly abbreviated as СТФ) is a creative team competition of university students targeted to realize their potential through solving complicated scientific problems and defending their research projects in a scientific discussion, called Physics Fight. Is a part of International Physicists' Tournament.

The look-and-feel of the competition has a lot of common with the IYPT. The problems are known in a long time before the competition, are fully original and are proposed by the Organizing Committee after open selection and discussion.

However, the teams are expected to provide researches at a significantly higher level than secondary school students do, and the jurors are expected to be much more critical about the consistence of methods, approaches and results.

History[edit]

Physicists' Tournaments for University Students were created as a continuation of school Tournaments of Young Physicists for more experienced participants. The first Open Physicists' Tournament for University Students was held in Odessa in October 2001. The following tournament received the status of All-Ukrainian, and since then the tournaments are held every academic year. Sometimes tournaments take place in fall, sometimes in spring, so each calendar year there are 0 to 2 tournaments.

Since 2005, foreign teams started participating in the tournament: first from Russia, then from the Netherlands. It was therefore decided to organize the International Physicists' Tournament.[1] The first International Physicists' Tournament was held in Kiev in 2009. Since then, Ukrainian Physicists' Tournament for University Students became a step in the selection for the International Physicists' Tournament.[2]

Organization[edit]

Teams receive a list of 17 research problems and have a few months to solve them. Generally, solving these problems includes conducting experiments, constructing theoretical models, literature analysis. Each team consists of 4-6 students.

Then the teams come together for the final stage of the tournament, and present their solutions in the format of Physics Fights. During a Physics Fight each team consequently acts as a reporter, an opponent and a reviewer. The opponent challenges the reporter for one of the problems. The reporter has the right to reject some problems, but then accepts the challenge. One or two representatives of the reporter team make a 9-minute report on the solution of the accepted problem. Then a representative of the opponent team opposes the solution (analyses its advantages and disadvantages), and a representative of the reviewer team does a review (analyses the form of the report and the review, and the discussion between the reporter and the opponent). The reporter, the opponent and the reviewer conduct polemics on the proposed report. Jurors ask clarifying questions to the reporter, the opponent and the reviewer, and put marks for their work. The jury usually consists of the university faculties and scientists. Watching the timetable and moderating the discussion is entrusted to the chairperson.[3][4]

The first few Physics Fights of the tournament are selective fights. Each team meets different competitors at random. Depending on the number of battles won and the number of points obtained, each team gets its rating, and the nine top-rated teams pass to the semifinals. Three semi-final battles are conducted, three teams in each, and the three winners pass to the final, while the three teams ranked second in their semi-final groups receive 3rd prizes. (For a small number of participants a different scheme of the tournament is possible, without semi-final, with tree top-rated teams after selective fights passing directly to the final.) In the final, each team chooses the problem it wants to report. The winner of the final receives the 1st prize and the right to participate in the International Physicists' Tournament, while two other finalists receive 2nd prizes. A bigger number of winners is possible if teams gain indistinguishably similar number of points.[4]

Winners of the tournament[edit]

Year Venue No.
teams
Gold winner(s) Silver winner(s) Problems
2003 1st Odessa 11 Kharkiv University
(Physics and Technology Dptm.)
Kiev University
(Radiophysics Dptm.)
Kharkiv University
(Physics Dptm.)
2004 2nd Odessa 12 Odessa University Kiev University
(Radiophysics Dptm.)
Donetsk University
2005 3rd Kiev 13 Kiev University
(Radiophysics Dptm.)
Kharkiv University
(Physics and Technology Dptm.)
Lviv University
(Ukrainian)
2005 4th Kiev 24 Lviv University,
Kharkiv University
(Physics and Technology Dptm.)
MFTI (Moscow),
Kiev University
(Radiophysics Dptm.)
(Ukrainian)
2006 5th Kiev 23 Kiev University
(Radiophysics Dptm.)
Groningen and Utrecht Universities,
MFTI (Moscow),
Odessa University[5]
(Ukrainian)
2007 6th Kiev 24 MFTI (Moscow),
Saint Petersburg University
Kiev University
(Physics and Technology Dptm.)
Kharkiv University
(Physics Dptm.)[6]
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2008 7th Kiev 15 Kiev University
(Physics Dptm.)
Kiev University
(Radiophysics Dptm.)
Kharkiv University
(Physics and Technology Dptm.)
[1]
2009 8th Kiev 12 Kharkiv University
(Physics and Technology Dptm.)
Subcarpathian University
Kiev University
[2][7]
2011 9th Kiev 9 Kharkiv University
(Physics and Technology Dptm.)
Lviv Polytechnic
Kiev University
(Radiophysics Dptm.)
[3]
2011 10th Kharkiv 12 Kiev University
(Radiophysics Dptm.)
Kharkiv University
(Physics and Technology Dptm.)
Lviv Polytechnic
Odessa University[8]
[4]
2012 11th Kharkiv 11 Kiev University
(Radiophysics Dptm.)
Kharkiv University
(Physics and Technology Dptm.)
Donetsk National University
Subcarpathian University[9]
[5]
2013 12th Kharkiv 8 Kharkiv University
(Physics and Technology Dptm.)
Kiev University
(Radiophysics Dptm.)
Kharkiv University
(Physics Dptm.)
[6]
2015 13th Kharkiv 6 Kharkiv University
(Physics and Technology Dptm.)
Kyiv Polytechnic Institute
Kharkiv University
(Physics and Technology Dptm.)[10]
[7]
2015 14th Kiev 12 Lviv Polytechnic Kharkiv University
(Physics and Technology Dptm.)
Kharkiv University
(Physics Dptm.)[11]
[8]
2016 15th Kiev 7 Kharkiv University
(Physics and Technology Dptm.)
Kharkiv University
(Physics Dptm.)
Kiev University
(Radiophysics Dptm.)
[9]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Історія турніру на офіційному сайті Всеукраїнського студентського турніру фізиків. (Ukrainian)
  2. ^ Vanovskiy V. International Physicists' Tournament—the team competition in physics for university students, 2014, European Journal of Physics.
  3. ^ Гребенюк, О. В.; Зарицький, О. М. (2010). Турнір як гра [Tournament as a game]. Бібліотека журналу «Фізика в школах України»; Вип. 3 (75). «Основа». p. 176. ISBN 978-617-00-0484-0. 
  4. ^ a b Правила турніру на офіційному сайті Всеукраїнського студентського турніру фізиків. (Ukrainian)
  5. ^ Відбувся V Всеукраїнський студентський турнір фізиків, сайт Київського національного університету імені Тараса Шевченка, 23.11.2006(Ukrainian)
  6. ^ VI Всеукраинский студенческий турнир физиков, сайт физического факультета Санкт-Петербургского государственного университета (Russian)
    Н. Вдовенко, Студентський турнір фізиків, Київський політехнік, 6 грудня 2007 року, №38 (2814), с. 2 (сайт КПІ, номер повністю) (Ukrainian)
  7. ^ Чергова перемога на ВСТФ, сайт фізико-технічного факультету Харківського національного університту імені В. Н. Каразіна (Ukrainian)
  8. ^ Гірка І., Шалімова М. Фізбої Харківського університету, газета «Харківський університет» (2012), №1 (Ukrainian)
  9. ^ Вітаємо студентів-переможців Всеукраїнського турніру фізиків, сайт Харківського національного університету імені В. Н. Каразіна, 12 листопада 2012 року (Ukrainian)
    Радіофізики знову перемогли, сайт Київського національного університету імені Тараса Шевченка, 12 листопада 2012 року (Ukrainian)
  10. ^ Вітаємо призерів Всеукраїнського студентського турніру фізиків!, сайт Харківського національного університету імені В. Н. Каразіна, 13 березня 2015 року (Ukrainian)
    П. Наказной, Успіх команди КПІ на турнірі фізиків, Київський політехнік, 9 квітня 2015 року, №12 (3111), с. 2 (сайт КПІ, сайт ФТІ, номер повністю) (Ukrainian)
  11. ^ Каразінці — серед призерів Всеукраїнського студентського турніру фізиків, сайт Харківського національного університету імені В. Н. Каразіна, 18 листопада 2015 року (Ukrainian)

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