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Rudolf Ortvay International Problem Solving Competition in Physics

The Hungarian Association of Physics Students is happy to announce, the 40th and for the 11th time international

Rudolf Ortvay International Problem Solving Competition in Physics

Date: 22nd October – 2nd November, 2009

The competition is electronic, so you are likely to join from any country on the world if you are a university or PhD student in any field.
The goal is to solve as many from the 30-40 problems given as you can, but maximum 10. Tthese can be downloaded from the web page above in several formats from 11 am (GMT), the 22nd of October, and send your solutions back via email or fax till the deadline, that is 2nd November 2009.
You have to solve the problems by yourself (no group works are accepted) but you are welcome to use any tools you wish (including computers).
The assigned problems do not focus on school-level problem-solving routine but rather on the skills of physical way of thinking, recognition of the heart of the problem, and the appropriate choice in the mathematical armory.
The competitors are selected into categories by their years of study (PhD students also form an separate category), so dear Undergraduates, don’t be afraid to join!

The first three places in each category are rewarded by a certain amount of money and an official certificate signed by the president of the jury, a well known university professor in Hungary, and the president of the Hungarian Association of Physics Students.
Above this, the jury also rewards the best solutions to certain problems, and there are also some special prices given, so if you only have one or two problems solved, its still wise to send them.
During the past years prizes won in the Ortvay Contest became an ever more important factor in choosing the best candidates for thesis topics as well as PhD and student exchange scholarships.

Among the one-time contestants and winners of the Ortvay Contest there are several internationally acknowledged researchers.
If this made you curious, take a look at the problems, and you are welcome to participate!

All the best with Your work!