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TCHS Senior Excels in Physics Competitions

May 23rd, 2014 by Temple City Tribune

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Temple City High School Senior, Frank (Chih-Yuan) Chiu, is a Gold Medal Semifinalist in the United States Physics Team competition. Frank placed in the top 1% of over 4,000 students who participated in the national competition.

First round students qualified for the Semifinal round by placing in the top 10% (roughly top 400) with their performance on a 75 minute multiple choice exam. These top 400 students, known as semi-finalists, then take a second free response exam that lasts three hours. Semifinalists were awarded a Gold Medal, Silver Medal, Bronze Medal, Honorable Mention or Participant title based on their performance on this second exam.

Frank also recently competed in the 2014 Physics Bowl, where he placed 1st in Southern California (division 12) for second year Physics students. (He placed 4th internationally last year in the first year student category.) This 45 question multiple choice exam was taken by more than 4500 students. The average score for second year students was 15.7 out of 40 and Frank earned 31 out of 40. Some exam questions are based on topics and concepts covered in a typical high school Physics course but others are designed to test student knowledge limits so it’s very rare for anyone to earn a perfect score. http://www3.delta.edu/michaelfaleski/physicsbowl/

Temple City High School’s Advanced Placement Physics Instructor and Club Advisor is Kevin Slattery.

Temple City High School serves students in grades 9 through 12 in the Temple City Unified School District. For more information about TCHS, call 626-548-5042.

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