Physics Fight regulations at the 1st IYPT (1988)

1988, Historical IYPT documents — ilyamartch @ 4:42 pm

Regulations of a Physics Fight, as they were accepted before the 1st IYPT (1988), were published in a booklet provided to participants (pp. 13-16.) These Regulations are now translated from the Russian.

Download: the original Russian text, in the booklet Young Physicists’ Tournament: regulations and problems for 10th Moscow, the all-Soviet and the International Young Physicists’ Tournaments (Moscow, 1988), preserved by Bulgarian participant Rumen Bachev (pdf.)

The Physics Fight regulations

The Physics Fight is carried out according to the “Reporter–Opponent–Reviewer” system in 6 stages under the following scheme:

The stage regulations:

a) Presentation of the Reporter 5 min
b) Discussion of the report
- individual performances in the discussion
1 min
c) Presentation of the Opponent 3 min
d) Presentation of the Reviewer 2 min
e) Concluding discussion
- individual performances in the discussion
1 min
f) the Jury takes the floor (concluding remarks) 4 min

The Challenge

The Opponent may challenge the Reporter on any problem offered in the given Physics Fight. The Reporter may reject the challenge (without explaining the motivation, e.g. for tactical considerations); if so, a new challenge is carried out. A team may reject the challenge only twice during a single Physics Fight.

The team performance

The Reporter (a single or a few team members) present the essence of the solution to the problem, attracting the attention of the audience to the main physical ideas and conclusions. It is preferable to show drawings, posters, [framed] slides [for a slide projector], photographs (all prepared in advance), and to demonstrate experiments if the problem is an experimental one.

In the polemics, the solution presented by the Reporter is discussed. The Opposing team has a priority in the sequence of performances. The Reporter answers to the questions from the audience.

The Opponent in his performance presents critical remarks about the report, pointing to inaccuracies and errors in the understanding of the problem and in the solution. The performance of the Opponent should not become a presentation of his own solution.

The Reviewer presents an estimation of the presentations of Reporter and Opponent.

In the concluding polemics, the presentations of the Opponent and the Reviewer may be discussed. The Opponent and the Reviewer may present their own solutions, at the discretion of the Jury.

Limitations of the number of presentations

No member of a team may take the floor as Reporter, Opponent or Reviewer more than twice during one Physics Fight, and only once in the role of the Reporter.

Additional performances in the discussion are without limitations.

The Jury of a Physics Fight

The chairperson of a Physics Fight monitors that the Regulations are complied, gives the floor to the participants (or deprives them of the floor), and coordinates the actions of the teams.

The Jury of the Physics Fight grades the presentations of the Reporter, the Opponent and the Reviewer and all additional performances, and summarizes in their concluding remarks the discussion of the problem, pointing to the advantages and the drawbacks of the solution.

The grading of the team performance is carried out according to an extended school grading scale. “5+” and ”2” are exceptional marks and may be put only with a compulsory explanation of the reason.

The marks are transformed into grades according to the following table:

The grading of the additional performances is carried out according to the school grading scale, and the marks are transformed into grades according to the following table:


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