Team members will work together to answer questions about physics and astronomy. Questions may involve mechanics, waves, electricity and magnetism, optics, fluids, modern physics, famous scientists, or the history of science. Some questions may involve short calculations.
All teams will participate in the preliminary Quizzics! Questions are in multiple-choice format and each team will answer online through the Qualtrics survey. Consultation between team members is allowed. We encourage teams to set up a group video call that includes all team members, so that you can discuss your answers. One team member should be designated to submit your team’s responses in the survey.
The questions will each have a 2 minute time limit (and one minute to see the explanation); a timer will be displayed on each page. Pages will proceed at the end of the time period, and your answers will then be recorded. You will only be able to proceed to the next page when the time is up, with the exception of the last two questions, for which the shortest submission time will be used as a tie-breaker. In all cases, teams should make sure to submit their answers before the time expires. The first 8 questions are worth one point each, and the last 7 questions are worth two points each.
The teams with the highest scores in the preliminary heats will meet in the round of Final Quizzics!.
The final round will be held in Zoom. Each team will be in their own breakout room with their team members.
- The Final Quizzics will be hosted using the Kahoot! (Links to an external site.) application.
- The Final Quizzics! will include 10 questions. Teams will be awarded points based on whether they answer the question correctly, and how fast they are able to select the correct answer.
Video Recording & Privacy
Please note that the Final Quizzics! will be live streamed via YouTube on Canvas and could be recorded by UBC Physics Olympics only for the purpose for score validation. The video will not be made public, and showing personal video/audio is not mandatory.
Students interested in accessing sample questions for Quizzics can now go through the 2021 preliminary Quizzics to get a sense of the style of questions we might ask. Do note that topics covered in Quizzics differ from one year to another, and judges reserve the right to make any changes. This is purely for practice and demonstration purposes.