That is one of the questions area high school students will be asked as they test their knowledge in basic mechanics, heat and thermodynamics, basic electricity, optics and famous physicists, to name a few, during Physics Bowl XXXII, set for Friday, March 31, at South Dakota State University.
The Physics Bowl, held in conjunction with the annual SDSU Engineering Expo, is intended to be a fun, exciting and rewarding experience for students and teachers. The contest, which starts with registration at 1 p.m., is an opportunity to make physics teaching and learning fun.
Student contestants experience the excitement of competition and meet other students from a variety of schools. Some contestants will take home cash prizes for themselves and a plaque for their school.
Each school is eligible to enter one team of up to three students. Science teachers can decide how they want to select the team members for their school.
Teams will answer questions posed by the quizmaster. Answers are scored according to accuracy, speed or both. Each question has a point value, and the team with the highest score wins.
The contest is now a popular event known statewide, and schools come from as close as Brookings and as far away as Orange City, IA.
Past teams have found the experience to be full of fun and excitement and return year after year. The level of questions is appropriate, and the competition puts the fun and fascination of physics out where everyone can enjoy it.
For more information or an entry form for Physics Bowl XXXII, contact the SDSU Physics Department at (605) 688-5428. Only the first 18 teams to return an entry form will be accepted.