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Problems, Registration, Results


  1. Incandescent Lamp: It is said that one 10 W light bulb shine brighter than two 5 W bulbs. Is it true? Investigate how a small change in supplied voltage will affect light emission and a light bulb’s lifetime.
  2. Flotation: A piece of a flattened raisin, which is dropped into a glass of soda water, periodically sinks and goes back to the surface. Investigate the dependence of the period of these oscillations on various parameters. (Note: a combination of vinegar and bicarb of soda in water also works quite well).
  3. Bright Waves: Illuminate a water tank. When there are waves on the water surface, you can see bright and dark patterns on the bottom of the tank. Study the relation between the waves and the pattern.

The team of three students do all three topics.

Resources for VYPT 2013 Topics 49.2 kB

A document of web links and questions for the three topics in 2013.


Teachers do not need to officially register school teams until the first day of term 4. Registration is free. Schools need to provide the following to the AIP with an email subject heading, ‘Registration: VYPT’.

  • School’s Name.
  • Teacher’s name and full contact details.
  • The name of each school team, their Year 11 and the names of the students in each team.

The competition was held on Wednesday 4th December for Year 10 teams and Thursday 5th December for Year 11 teams. A round robin was held during the morning and the early afternoon. Each team will compete in six 30 minute contests, three as a reporter and three as an opponent.

Venue: Quantum Victoria

The event was held at Quantum Victoria, which is on the NW corner of Kingsbury Drive and Waiora Rd in Macleod West, Melway 19, J9.

Results and Prizes

There was a trophy for the school of the winning team. Members of teams of the top two teams in each Year received a book and a cash prize. All other participants received cash prizes.

Year 10 Competition

  • 1st Prize: The King David School: Gabriel Abrahams, Sasha Goldenberg, Huw Goldstein
  • 2nd Prize: Prebyterian Ladies College: Claire Moad, Vivienca Luong, Lily Guo
  • 3rd Prize: Melbourne High School: Jiale Wang Joseph Nguyen, Isaac Reichman

Other teams in the Year 10 competition were: The Mac Crunchies from MacRobertson Girls’ High School and the Nimstars from Western Heights College.

Year 11 Competition

  • 1st Prize: Gippsland Grammar School: Dan Lee, Mike Kerrison, John Lauria
  • 2nd Prize: John Monash Science School: Farhan Rahman, Luke Concollato, Aryaman Pandav
  • 3rd Prize: The King David School: Ruben Barylak, Daniel Kahan, Ari Mushin

Other teams in the Year 11 competition were: three teams from McKinnon Hiigh School and a team from The Knox School.

Links to powerpoints from the Year 11 teams are given below.

1st and 2nd prize winners received a copy of Jearl Walker’s book ‘Flying Circus of Physics’ and a cheque, while 3rd prize winners and members of other teams each received a cheque.

A number of the Year 11 teams kindly provided the powerpoints from their presentations:

Incandescent Lamp

McKinnon High School Team C – Incandescent Lamp 1.83 MB

Presented by Liam King.

McKinnon High School Team A – Incandescent Lamp 138 kB

Presented by Igor Karasyov.

John Monash Science School – Incandescent Lamp 5.08 MB

Presented by Aryaman Pandav.


McKinnon High School Team C – Flotation 365 kB

Presented by Arthur Kyriakopoulos.

John Monash Science School – Flotation 3.02 MB

Presented by Luke Concollato.

Gippsland Grammar School – Flotation 1.35 MB

Presented by Mike Kerrison.

Bright Waves

McKinnon High School Team C – Bright Waves 13.9 MB

Presented by Vincent Lu.

McKinnon High School Team A – Bright Waves 1.38 MB

Presented by Alex Tritt.

John Monash Science School – Bright Waves 1.94 MB

Presented by Farhan Rahman.

Gippsland Grammar School – Bright Waves 15.8 MB

Presented by John Lauria.

Gippsland Grammar School – Bright Waves (script) 18.6 kB

Presented by John Lauria.