Jury

This page is mainly for jury members but can be helpful for teams as well to see the criteria for a good presentation, opposition, and review. A jury member should preferably be a Ph.D. student or attained a doctor title. However, if you are about to finish your master study we gladly invite you to join the ranks of a juror.

This year’s tournament will take place on 30.11.-02.12.2018 at the Universitäts-Campus Riedberg. Even if you are only available on one day of the whole tournament, we are happy for every bit of support you can offer.  You can find the problems for the GPT here.  The problems are not simple questions with an exact solution,  so if you like creative solutions to problems requiring a deeper knowledge of physics, judging this tournament is the right thing for you. If you think these problems are interesting, there is no doubt that you will like this tournament.

If you are interested in being a jury-member please contact us ( germany@iptnet.info ). You will find all the required information concerning the tournament and its rules, as well as some criteria on how to judge a Physics Fight in the following guide. There will be a briefing for the jurors before the tournament.

Principles of the IPT :

The list of problems is published months prior to the tournament. The teams have to solve the problems beforehand.

One Physics Fight consists of 3 Teams with group sizes from 3-6 students.  There are 3 different roles that must be played by each team.

Reporter:
The reporter has 10 minutes to expose his/her solution to a problem. Then, the reporter has to defend his/her answer and points of view during the following discussions.

Opponent:
In 5 minutes the opponent has to explain the weaknesses and eventual errors of the reporter’s solution. The opponent then enters the discussion to improve the reporter’s solution.

Reviewer:
The reviewer will review both the reporter’s and the opponent’s performances. His role is to help the jury decide their marks by pointing out the progress made during the discussions.

After about one hour the first round is over and the jury must grade each of the three teams separately. It is common to give a short remark about your grading so that the teams get some feedback.  The procedure above is one out of three rounds in a physics fight. Every team plays each role once.

You can find detailed information about the rules here .

We listed the most important considerations for being a juror below.

First and foremost:

Be consistent in your grading. It will decide who will advance to the International Physics Tournament.

A good solution considers both theory AND experiment. Although there are exceptions, in general, a good solution can prove its theory with experiments/explain its experiment with theory.

Always ask yourself, were all questions proposed in the problem answered or was something left out.