Indian students excel at International Physics Olympiad

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New Delhi: The Indian team performed excellently well in the 49th International Physics Olympiad (IPhO 2018) held in Lisbon, Portugal from July 21 to 28, 2018.

As many as 396 brightest students from across the world, belonging to 86 countries, participated in this edition of IPhO. Five students from India participated and all of them bagged gold medals.

With this performance, India topped the country-wise medals tally jointly with China, the only other country with five gold medals. This is India’s best ever performance in the IPhO in 21 years of participation.

The IPhO competition consists of a theoretical and an experimental examination, each of five hours duration. Following the tradition of the Olympiads, this year’s examinations posed extraordinary challenges to the students.

The theoretical examination had questions based on the LIGO detection of gravitational waves, the ATLAS instrument at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) and the physics of blood flow in living tissues and growth of tumours. The experiments focused on paper transistors and the phenomenon of viscoelasticity.

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