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Summer Physics Camp 2017



A-Star Summer Physics Camp is a unique opportunity for interested and talented students to improve their Physics knowledge and skills during summer season with a curriculum designed specially for physics Olympiad. Students are guided and trained by an expert faculty via utilizing national and international competitions in a fun and challenging environment along with talented peers. Lectures include problems and problem solving techniques beyond AP/College Physics curriculum. Lectures are given by A-Star Faculty and other instructors who have participation/training experience in national/international Physics competitions and Olympiads such as USA Physics Olympiads (USAPhO) and the International Physics Olympiads (IPhO).

Orange County


July 5 - July 21, 2017; 15 instructional days, including Saturdays 7/8 and 7/15


University of California, Irvine

Registration and Payment

Please click on the course name below to register:

Residential option is available for students above 12. Younger students will be considered only when they have exceptional math skills and personal maturity.

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Fees and Deadlines

Please see the following table for camp tuitions and deadlines:

Day Camp
Early Registration - $150 OFF
April 1 $2,100 $4,050
Regular Registration May 1 $2,250 $4,200
Late Registration - $150 FEE
June 1 $2,400 $4,350

See Refund and Cancellation policy here.


  • $1,250 OFF if the student has participated in A-STAR courses/camps since June 2016 in Bay Area in December 2016 and registers for 2017 Summer Physics Camp as a residential student. May not be combined with other discounts.
  • $250 OFF if the student has participated in A-STAR courses/camps since June 2016 in Bay Area and registers for 2017 Summer Physics Camp as a day camper.
  • $150 OFF if the student has participated in A-STAR courses/camps since June 2016. Registrations must be completed by April 1, 2017. After April 1st, the discount amount will be $75.
  • $150 OFF if the student has one of the following achievements in 2015 or 2016: (1) PiMC 2nd round invitee, (2) AMC 8 distinguished honor roll, (3) MathCounts state finals - in top 25% of individuals, (4) USA(J)MO qualifier, or (5) USACO Platinum contestant.
  • $50 OFF for each child's registration including the first one.
  • $50 OFF if also registered for this year's A-STAR Summer Math or Computer Science Camp.
  • No discounts during late registration period.

Daily Schedule

Typical daily schedule (Monday - Saturday) is as follows:

7:30-8:30 Breakfast (for residential program)
8:30-9:00 Student Drop Off (for day program)
9:00-12:15 Physics Classes
12:15-1:45 Lunch and activities (Lunch will be provided)
1:45-5:00 Physics Classes
5:00-5:30 Student Pick up (for day program)
5:30-7:00 Dinner (for residential program)
7:00-8:00 Indoor/Outdoor Activities (for residential program)
8:30-9:30 Study Hour (for residential program)
10:30 Sleep Time (for residential program)

Day program students must follow the schedule between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm.

Activities: In A-Star programs, activities are carefully selected, and we have the following types of activities that contribute to student improvement:

  • Strategy, board, and math games to improve analytical reasoning, visual perception, and logical deduction skills
  • Math and science-oriented team competitions
  • Outdoor sports and activities to improve the team spirit
  • (Residential Camps only) Educational / entertaining field trips to places such as Universal Studios - Hollywood, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory and university campus visits (Caltech, UCLA, etc).
  • (Residential Camps only) Trips are held on Sundays (based on availability for day students, may require extra fee).

Residential Students

Check in/out times for residential students:

  • check-in: July 4, 2017 (Tuesday), 2:00 - 6:00 pm
  • check-out: July 22, 2017 (Saturday), 11:00 am

Housing: On-campus residence hall facilities provide clean and comfortable accommodations in double occupancy rooms with traditional-style hall bathrooms. A weekly linen exchange service is included. UCI's dining commons are located in or near the residence halls and offer an impressive variety of nutritious cuisines for many dietary needs and preferences. For more information about the housing service: http://conferencecenter.uci.edu/event-planning-resources/event-types/summer-conferences/


From Los Angeles International Airport (LAX):

Go to the blue SuperShuttle van stop outside the baggage claim area and tell the driver you need a van to UC Irvine. Use SuperShuttle vans with "Orange Country" written across the top

  • Fare
    • Single: $45 one way
    • Additional passengers (up to 9): $9 per person
  • Pay driver upon arrival
    • Accepts cash or credit card
  • Runs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • Can make reservation on website

Use Shuttle2LAX. You will find them in Ground Transportation outside of baggage claim area.

  • Fare
    • $20
  • Pay online
  • Runs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • Can make a reservation on website.

From John Wayne/Orange County Airport: Take a taxi from the airport to UCI. The fare should be about $18.00, plus tip.



Levels and Curriculum

USAPhO F=ma: This course focuses on preparation for the F=ma test with an intensive training.

Prerequisites: Knowledge of mathematics at the algebra 2 level (with some omissions) including:

  • Functions, Equations, and Graphs
  • Linear Systems
  • Matrices (optional)
  • Quadratic Equations and Functions
  • Polynomials and Polynomial Functions
  • Radical Functions and Rational Exponents
  • Exponential and Logarithmic Functions
  • Quadratic Relations
  • Sequences and Series (optional)
  • Probability and Statistics (optional)

Curriculum: This level consists of accelerated coverage of topics and special problem solving techniques.

Topics: F=ma exam is a multiple choice test which is administered in January. The following topics will be covered during the camp:

  • Motion Along a Straight Line
  • Motion in two or three dimensions
  • Equilibrium
  • Newton's Laws of motion
  • Work and Energy
  • Momentum and collisions
  • Rigid Body Dynamics
  • Gravitation
  • Periodic Motion


USA Physics Olympiad Level: This level concentrates on preparing for USA Physics Olympiad.

Prerequisites: Knowledge of Mechanics at USAPhO F=ma test level.

Curriculum: This level covers the topics for USA Physics Olympiad.

Topics: The following topics will be covered during the camp:

  • ElectroMagnetism (one week)
  • Thermodynamics and Fluids (one week)
  • Waves and Optics (one week)

Please check https://www.aapt.org/physicsteam/2017 for more information on F=ma test and USAPhO.


Camp Faculty

Ayhan Duzgun

- Ph.D canditate, Physics Department, Kent State University
- M.S., Physics, University of Pittsburgh (2005)
- International Physics Olympiad (1997, 1998 Honorable Mention, 1999 Silver medal)


Victor Hakim


- B.A., Applied Math - Quantum Mechanics focus, University of California, Berkeley (2017)
- USAPhO Honorable Mention (2013)
- Berkeley Math Tournament Problem Writing Coordinator (2016)
- MathCounts Coach (Del Mar Elementary)