United States Physics Olympiad FMA Enrollment.

  • This is a second year Mechanics class. Calculus is required to appreciate the complex relationships among the Mechanics concepts. Calculus, in particular derivative, is used to help clarify concepts. While the interpretations taken from calculus are indispensable in illuminating the concepts, most calculations involving calculus are relatively trivial. Topics covered include Kinematics, Newton’s Laws of Motion, Energy, Work, Power, Momentum, Impulse, Rotation, Torque, Angular Momentum, Gravity, Simple Harmonic Motion. Kinematics and Rotation tend to be difficult for most students. Each class consists of lecturing through the concepts in depth and working through examples with progressive difficulties for students to improve their understanding and problem solving skills. The topics covered are also typically examined in FMA (the US high school physics olympiad). Students are encouraged to practice with past year FMA exam problems and participate in the FMA exam.
  • The US Physics Olympiad (USPHO) entrance exam (FMA) is an annual competition usually held in early-mid Feburary. The competition consists of 25 MC questions with a cut off around 16. No penalty for incorrect answers.
  • The entire course has 20 1.5 hour classes. Dr. Liu's lecture class is different from courses offered by many other schools and afterschool centers that cover a subject in 10 or less classes. Dr. Liu will take time to explain each concept thoroughly and give students time to practice on these concepts. This is the class schedule:
    Work and Energy
    Momentum and Impulse
    Circular Motion
    Other common topics in FMA
  • Class Goal: Students should (a) understand the fundamental principles of Mechanics; b) apply mathematical techniques to solve US Physics Olympiad FMA problems.
  • Students will be given a comprehensive formula sheet. An organized lecture notes on most important topics in each subject exam. A large set of multiple choice and free response questions to work on.
  • Homework is submitted through online platform.. Instructions to set up homework access will be sent through emails. Homework is an expectation of the course. It is essential to submit homework on time. Make sure the students request extension if submission is not made in time.
  • The class will be scheduled once a class reaches a minimum enrollment size of 3 and no more than 6. Your tuition will be fully refunded if for any reason the class cannot begin. There is no refund once the learning material is emailed.
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Dr. Liu is a very intelligent and resourceful physics teacher who is exceptionally dedicated to helping his students learn. He makes sure his students have an accurate understanding of the subject, and shows his students how to think about physics concepts in a clear and concise manner. His experience in teaching and his broad knowledge guide his students in thinking deeply about the topic. After attending his classes and conducting research with him, I had a stronger appreciation and understanding of how physics is behind nearly every aspect of the real world.

Eddie C. (IPhO Gold)

Dr. Liu is an excellent teacher who does a great job of imparting knowledge to his students. His lectures are easy to follow and feature creative, original problems which require critical thinking. He focuses on building intuition for every topic he teaches, and makes sure to mention the crucial subtleties that are often ignored in school. Whenever one of my classmates or I become confused, Dr. Liu is willing to slow down the class to ensure that we gain a full understanding of the concepts before moving on. Dr. Liu has helped me a great deal, and I recommend him as a tutor to anyone who is either struggling in school with their physics class, or wishes to gain a thorough understanding of the subject for any other reason.

Daniel (USPhO Gold)