PC2024-P1 Best solutions and final results

Problem 1 – Diving cylinder

In total, 136 solutions were submitted for problem 1, out of which 22 were correct. This problem turned out to be one of the most difficult ones of all time, so congratulations to everyone who still managed to solve this problem!

The first two hints were very subtle while the third hint mentioned the most important keyword, added mass. Thus, the Best Solution Awards were selected from the two submissions sent before the third hint was published. These were the solutions of Val Karan and Guy Ginzberg. [Although this was not considered as a demerit when deciding bonuses, G.G’s solution does not follow here and there typographical standards, such as: all symbols denoting physical quantities should be in italic while operator names (such as “sin”), the differential symbols “d”, mathematical constants such as e=2.718… and imaginary unit “i” should be upright; also, LaTeX gives much more professional look than Word.] Both of them later updated their solutions with alternative approaches; what are linked here are their final submissions. Both of them have written the theoretical analysis really well, but in both cases, the data analysis part is a little lacking, with Val Karan being slightly better in this department. That’s why Val Karan gets 0.5 of the bonus, and Guy Ginzberg – 0.3 The remaining 0.2 goes to the solution with the best data analysis, submitted by Michał Kołodziejczyk. (Since the discussion of data analysis in the hints was minimal, no time limit was used when choosing the solution with the best data analysis.) Additionally, solutions of Karlo Maksimović and Nick Hartmann show a good theoretical and data analysis parts and are therefore also published, earning both of them 0.1 bonus.

To celebrate the 50th Problem of Physics Cup, here is my own solution.

Final results for Problem 5

Pre-university students:

ValKaranCroatiaXV. Gimnazija Zagreb5/11/23 11:413.8487
GuyGinzbergIsraelOrt Irony Dalet Modiin17/11/23 11:332.7214
SaskiaPõldmaaEstoniaTallinna Reaalkool3/12/23 00:381.3641
FelixYewMalaysiaNational Junior College, Singapore27/11/2023 01:32:001.2829
MihkelRannutEstoniaTallinna Reaalkool9/12/23 20:200.9663
RuichengMaChinaHigh School Affiliated to Harbin Teachers College8/12/23 19:160.9566
Mohamad EidAl-aktaaSyriaAl Saadeh School5/1/24 17:390.6588
Ilan MiheljaIvan HegedićCroatiaXV. Gymnasium Zagreb, V. Gymnasium Zagreb18/02/2024 12:55:000.594
Bahaa AldeenMelhemSyriaAlbasel Mixed High School28/1/24 11:000.5445
RapolasŽygusLithuaniaKlaipeda lyceum21/1/24 11:590.5121

University students:

Elias KoschierMichail OgnyanovAustria26/11/23 17:411.7248
SIfat AhmedTusharBangladeshUniversity of Dhaka2/12/23 22:351.568
LarranceXingUnited StatesUniversity of Michigan Ann Arbor4/12/23 05:261.1575
YuanFeiHong KongThe Hong Kong Polytechnic University17/12/23 12:500.9744
KerimCherkezovTurkmenistanMagtymguly Turkmen State University24/12/23 09:100.8858
MichałKołodziejczykPolandWarsaw University of Technology24/12/23 11:040.8852
KarloMaksimovićCroatiaUniversity of Zagreb27/12/23 12:080.809
NickHartmannGermanyRWTH Aachen27/1/24 13:270.6686
KonstantinRodionenkoITMO University30/12/23 21:130.6655
MusaArtykovTurkmenistanMagtymguly Turkmen State University16/2/24 05:130.5225
DhruvShahIndiaIndian Institute of Science2/3/24 21:340.5
LukasSchichtGermanyEberhard Karls Universität Tübingen26/2/24 13:570.45

The list of countries:
Algeria, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, China, Croatia, Cuba, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Macau, Malaysia, Mexico, Moldova, Montenegro, Nepal, Netherlands, Nigeria, North Korea, North Macedonia, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uzbekistan, Vietnam.