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Recommended resources for beginners

Recommended resources for beginners

General
Beginner
Kinematics of ropes and pulleys

Kinematics of ropes and pulleys

Mechanics
Beginner
Intro to projectile motion

Intro to projectile motion

Mechanics
Beginner
How to make into National team at Physics Olympiads

How to make into National team at Physics Olympiads

General
Beginner
Optimal parabolic trajectories

Optimal parabolic trajectories

Mechanics
Intermediate
Dimensional analysis

Dimensional analysis

General
Intermediate
How to study efficiently

How to study efficiently

General
Beginner
Average velocity

Average velocity

Mechanics
Beginner
Kinematics of non-stretchable ropes

Kinematics of non-stretchable ropes

Mechanics
Intermediate
Optimal linear trajectories

Optimal linear trajectories

Mechanics
Intermediate
Recommended resources for Intermediate level

Recommended resources for Intermediate level

General
Intermediate
Optimal trajectories with using differentiation

Optimal trajectories with using differentiation

Mechanics
Intermediate
Reachable boundaries in kinematics

Reachable boundaries in kinematics

Mechanics
Intermediate
Projectile motion

Projectile motion

Mechanics
Intermediate
Radius of curvature

Radius of curvature

Math
Intermediate
Overview of Physics Olympiads

Overview of Physics Olympiads

General
Beginner
General strategies

General strategies

General
Beginner
Linearization
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Linearization

Experiment
Advanced
Fourier's law for heat transfer

Fourier's law for heat transfer

Thermodynamics
Advanced
Interference

Interference

Optics
Advanced
Heisenberg's uncertainty principle
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Heisenberg's uncertainty principle

Modern Physics
Advanced
Mirror effect in kinematics

Mirror effect in kinematics

Mechanics
Intermediate
Introduction to trigonometry
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Introduction to trigonometry

Math
Beginner
Knowledge of fundamental physical constants
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Knowledge of fundamental physical constants

Experiment
Advanced
Physical properties of common materials
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Physical properties of common materials

Experiment
Advanced
Drawing plots
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Drawing plots

Experiment
Advanced
Rigid structures

Rigid structures

Mechanics
Intermediate
Effective resistance
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Effective resistance

Electromagnetism
Beginner
Resistance of non-symmetrical structures
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Resistance of non-symmetrical structures

Electromagnetism
Intermediate
Resistance of infinite circuits
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Resistance of infinite circuits

Electromagnetism
Intermediate
Applied differentiation
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Applied differentiation

Math
Intermediate
Systems with behavior of a simple pendulum
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Systems with behavior of a simple pendulum

Mechanics
Intermediate
Equations of harmonic motion
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Equations of harmonic motion

Mechanics
Intermediate
Sinusoidal equations
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Sinusoidal equations

Mechanics
Intermediate
Displacement of small element
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Displacement of small element

Mechanics
Intermediate
Uniform grid
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Uniform grid

Mechanics
Intermediate
Superposition of mass
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Superposition of mass

Mechanics
Intermediate
Applications of integral
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Applications of integral

Math
Intermediate
Applications of Integral 2
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Applications of Integral 2

Math
Intermediate
Dry friction
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Dry friction

Mechanics
Intermediate
Viscous friction
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Viscous friction

Mechanics
Intermediate
Angular momentum
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Angular momentum

Mechanics
Intermediate
Konig's theorem
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Konig's theorem

Mechanics
Intermediate
Zero mass (almost)
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Zero mass (almost)

Mechanics
Intermediate
Surface tension
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Surface tension

Mechanics
Intermediate
Effective capacitance
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Effective capacitance

Electromagnetism
Intermediate
Adiabatic process
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Adiabatic process

Thermodynamics
Intermediate
Molar heat capacity
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Molar heat capacity

Thermodynamics
Intermediate
Non-quasistatic processes
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Non-quasistatic processes

Thermodynamics
Intermediate
Counting molecules of gas
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Counting molecules of gas

Thermodynamics
Intermediate
Mean free path
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Mean free path

Thermodynamics
Intermediate
Dissociation
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Dissociation

Thermodynamics
Intermediate
Snell's law of refraction
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Snell's law of refraction

Optics
Intermediate
Drift
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Drift

Electromagnetism
Intermediate
Parametric equations
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Parametric equations

Math
Advanced
Application of matrices
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Application of matrices

Math
Advanced
Recurrent relations
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Recurrent relations

Math
Advanced
Polar coordinates
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Polar coordinates

Math
Advanced
Deviation in central fields
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Deviation in central fields

Mechanics
Advanced
Adiabatic invariants
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Adiabatic invariants

Mechanics
Advanced
Stability analysis
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Stability analysis

Mechanics
Advanced
Driven oscillations. Resonance
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Driven oscillations. Resonance

Mechanics
Advanced
Stretching
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Stretching

Mechanics
Advanced
Ohm's law in a vector form

Ohm's law in a vector form

Electromagnetism
Intermediate
Maxwell's distribution
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Maxwell's distribution

Thermodynamics
Advanced
Maxwell's equations
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Maxwell's equations

Electromagnetism
Intermediate
Applications of Snell's law of refraction
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Applications of Snell's law of refraction

Optics
Advanced
Vector diagrams for interference
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Vector diagrams for interference

Optics
Advanced
Calorimetry
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Calorimetry

Thermodynamics
Beginner
Work and energy
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Work and energy

Mechanics
Beginner
Momentum
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Momentum

Mechanics
Intermediate
Oscillations. Dynamical approach
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Oscillations. Dynamical approach

Mechanics
Intermediate
Superposition for resistors
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Superposition for resistors

Electromagnetism
Advanced
Why Maglev trains levitate (2011 Final)

Why Maglev trains levitate (2011 Final)

WoPhO questions
Advanced
Solution: Why Maglev trains levitate

Solution: Why Maglev trains levitate

WoPhO solutions
Advanced
Motion of a rolling rod (2011 Final)

Motion of a rolling rod (2011 Final)

WoPhO questions
Advanced
Solution: Motion of a rolling rod

Solution: Motion of a rolling rod

WoPhO solutions
Advanced
Magnetic monopole (2012 Final)

Magnetic monopole (2012 Final)

WoPhO questions
Advanced
Solution: Magnetic monopole

Solution: Magnetic monopole

WoPhO solutions
Advanced
Physics of the oil and gas production (2012 Final)

Physics of the oil and gas production (2012 Final)

WoPhO questions
Advanced
Solution: Physics of the oil and gas production

Solution: Physics of the oil and gas production

WoPhO solutions
Advanced
Tornado (2012 Final)

Tornado (2012 Final)

WoPhO questions
Advanced
Solution: Tornado

Solution: Tornado

WoPhO solutions
Advanced
Mirage (2011 Final)

Mirage (2011 Final)

WoPhO questions
Advanced
Solution: Mirage

Solution: Mirage

WoPhO solutions
Advanced
Motion in the electrostatic field of a dipole (2013 Selection)

Motion in the electrostatic field of a dipole (2013 Selection)

WoPhO questions
Advanced
Solution: Motion in the electrostatic field of a dipole

Solution: Motion in the electrostatic field of a dipole

WoPhO solutions
Advanced
Two-ball body (2013 Selection)

Two-ball body (2013 Selection)

WoPhO questions
Advanced
Solution: Two-ball body

Solution: Two-ball body

WoPhO solutions
Advanced
Kinematics of chasing

Kinematics of chasing

Mechanics
Advanced
Recommended resources for Advanced level

Recommended resources for Advanced level

General
Advanced

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Honorable mention at APhO 2006

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