2022-P3 Best Solutions and Final Results

Problem 3 – Photon Rocket

By 4th April 2022, there are 1124 registered participants from 80 countries. In total, 67 solutions were submitted for problem 3, out of which 39 were correct. Congratulations to everyone who managed to solve this problem!

As usual, when selecting the best solutions, preference has been given to those solutions which have been submitted before the publication of the first hint. For Problem 3, there were 22 such solutions. A dominating majority of these solutions were based on the Lorentz transform for the 4-vector of the velocity which led to fairly long mathematical calculations; the solutions differed mostly in the mathematical steps and mathematical tricks. In most cases, these solutions were difficult to read. Out of the 21 such solutions, I selected two (by K You and Z Li – E Chen) that were the easiest to follow for the readers – well commented and full mathematical details. Apart from that, there were two solutions (by VS Oros and S Sno) that generalized the problem to arbitrary initial values (instead of the 4/5 and 1/4). Last but not least, there was one solution that did not use Lorentz transformations (by I Wu) and followed the intended route of working with the relativistic invariants, instead. You can compare by yourself – this is a significantly easier way to solve it. Have you often solved geometry problems using the formulae for the rotation of axes? In most cases, it would be a really cumbersome approach. The same applies to the Lorentz transformations which are essentially formulae for the rotation of axes.

The best solution awards:
Isaac Wu – 60% of the bonus. A well-written solution based on relativistic invariants.
Eddie Chen and Zhening Li – 10% of the bonus. A well-written solution with full mathematical details.
Kevin You – 10% of the bonus. A well-written solution with full mathematical details.
Vlad-Stefan Oros – 10% of the bonus. A well-written solution to a generalized problem. In some places not very easy to read and uses concepts that many readers might not know.
Shofar Sno – 10% of the bonus. A fairly hard-to-read hand-written solution to a generalized problem.

Final results for Problem 2

University students

First nameSurnameCountrySchool/UniversityP3 Score
AlessandroRezziItalyUniversity of Padova2.5937
Zhening LiEddie ChenCanada/United StatesMassachusetts Institute of Technology2.369
Bayram AlpSahinTurkeyBogazici University2.3579
Ameya VikramaSinghIndiaIndian Institute of Technology Bombay1.9487
IsaacWuAustraliaUniversity of Melbourne1.8221
Yeswanth NarayanaPatnanaIndiaIndian institute of technology Madras1.683
JaroslavHermanCzech RepublicCharles University1.6105
ErikSünderhaufGermanyTechnical University of Munich1.4641
ShofarSnoSurinameAnton de Kom University of Suriname1.3974
YuechenZhuChinaPeking University1.21
KevinYouUnited StatesCarnegie Mellon University1.1052
QianLinChinaUniversity of Oxford1.1
FelixSchwarzfischerGermanyTechnical University Munich1.0
ZiyueWangChinaHebei University of Technology0.81
RicardsKnipsisLatviaUniversity of Manchester0.7
AmeyaDeshmukhIndiaIIT Bombay0.7
PushpRajIndiaIIT DELHI0.5
Cheng WeiLinTaiwanNational Cheng Kung University0.405
MarinusLehmannGermanyUniversity of Potsdam0.405

Pre-university students

LucaMilaneseItalyLiceo “Leonardo da Vinci”, Terracina2.5937
Vlad-ȘtefanOrosRomania“Grigore Moisil” Theoretical High School2.4756
Balázs CsabaKovácsHungaryHatvani Bajza József Gimnázium2.1436
FilipVučićCroatiaI. gymnasium Zagreb1.9487
Ahmet BahadırTRABZONTurkeyKabatas Erkek High School1.7716
Emir AkdağKaan DereTurkeyBahcesehir Highschool of Science and Technology1.6105
ChengkaiYuChinaThe High School Affiliated to Renmin University of China1.4641
GigiTsirekidzeGeorgiaLEPL Kutaisi Andria Razmadze physics and mathematical public school N411.331
MatejGelevNorth MacedoniaYahja Kemal1.21
YehyunChoiUnited StatesWestlake High School0.99
FelixYewMalaysiaNational Junior College, Singapore0.855
Emerson FranzuaAldana GavarreteHondurasSchool0.81
RhythmKediaIndiaLord Buddha Public school0.8
SebastiánArévaloEl SalvadorInstituto Emiliani0.7
AlptürkEskiTurkeyErbakır Science High School0.63
Absur KhanSiamBangladeshGap Year0.6
Miguel IsaíasDoradea MeléndezEl SalvadorInsituto Emiliani0.405
YijunLinChinaHigh School Attached to Herbin Normal University0.405
Juan FranciscoLorusso Notaro FrancescoUnited KingdomAbbey College Cambridge0.405

Submission times for P3

Participating countries: Algeria, Azerbaijan, Australia, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, China, Croatia, Czechia, Egypt, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Korea, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Nepal, Nigeria, North Macedonia, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uzbekistan, Vietnam.