Three Roles in a Physics Fight
Then, in December, all teams gather to compare their solutions! During the tournament, you and your team will take part in several rounds of so-called Physics Fights. In each Physics Fight, three teams confront each other. Fight after fight, they play the roles of Reporter, Opponent, and Reviewer.
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.
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.
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.
The performance of the teams is judged by an experienced jury. According to the overall score, the three best teams get into the final and fight for the title of international physicists champion.
Unlike your typical physics exam, the problems must not only be presented but also challenged and reviewed by the other participants. On top of the challenge that the tournament represents, taking part in it is an amazing experience in which you will learn how to constructively criticize scientific solutions. This is something that you cannot find in any University course, and it is very close to how real science works!
All credits belong to the authors of the IPT homepage who originally wrote this short description to briefly explain the principles of the IPT. Small modifications were done to fit the GPT format.