Dr. Yang’s USAPhO F=ma and Semifinal Training Classes

Test Dates: 2021 - F=ma

TBD 2021 - USAPhO 

SpringLight is a WASC accredited education organization. We have successfully provided the USAPhO training for more than five years. 30% to 60% of our students have qualified for the semi-final each year.

Our semifinalist students also qualified as finalists, and received gold medal, silver medal, bronze medal and honorable mentions.

春晖教育自成立以来年年都有很好比例的学生进入USAPhO半决赛, 赢得金银铜奖以及荣誉奖,有两名学生进入finalist,全美前20的国家集训队。 春晖教育得到了美国最有权威的教育认证机构WASC的资质认证.

F=ma Training Class

This class is to prepare students for the USAPhO F=ma test. The class will cover important mechanics concepts and problem solving skills.


This course includes 12 lectures, 12 homework, and 12 quizzes.  Before each class, the students will get a syllabus compiled by the instructor, and the homework is listed at the end.  After each class, a quiz will be sent to the students to test how well they grasp the knowledge covered in the class.  The recorded videos are also available for students to review the class again at any time. These procedures will effectively improve the students’ ability to solve USAPhO F=ma problems.  The contents of 12 classes (2.5 hours each lecture) are as the following:

  1. General Knowledge
  2. Kinematics
  3. Dynamics
  4. Work and Energy
  5. Impulse and Momentum
  6. Circular Motion and Rotation
  7. Rotational Inertial and Angular Momentum
  8. Gravitational Law
  9. Oscillation and Waves
  10. Static Mechanics
  11. Fluid Mechanics
  12. Advanced Knowledge

USAPhO Semifinal Test Preparation Class

This course will cover the advanced knowledge and skills to help students to achieve the best score on USAPhO Semi-final examinations.  Most examples used during the lecture are from the previous real semifinal tests.


Starting in 2018, the USAPhO Semifinal Examination format was changed to:

  • Part A, 3 problems: Mechanics (25); E-M (25); and Thermal Physics (25)
  • Part B, 3 problems: E-M (25); E-M with Mechanics (25); and Modern Physics with Optics (25)

Correspondingly, the arrangement of our Semifinal Preparation 12 classes (2.5 hours each lecture) will be:

  • Thermal Physics: Class 1 and 2
  • Electricity and Magnetism, including E-M Waves: Class 3, 4, 5, and 6
  • Mechanics:  Class 7, 8
  • Combined Mechanics and EM: Class 9
  • Mechanical Waves and Optics: Class 10
  • Modern Physics: Class 11 and 12

Because students are already quite familiar with mechanics, we will assign harder reference books for Mechanics than other topics.

To help students fully understand each topic, we will instruct students the following procedures:

  • Pre-class reading materials (need to finish before class starts)
  • Warm-up practices (need to finish before class starts)
  • Lectures  (during the class)
  • Homework (include mechanics review and the learning topic)

(The class is on Sunday, so students may review the topic before class during the weekend)

We hope, through these intense training lectures, that the students may obtain the advanced knowledge and skills to achieve the best score on their USAPhO Semi-final examinations.

Wish all students to enjoy the classes, to work hard, learn a lot, and achieve a lot!

本课程将针对美国物理奥林匹克USAPhO的第2轮Semifinal竞赛的范围和特点,深入研讨一些有关物理力学, 电磁学,热力学和近代物理等的重要概念和解题技巧, 有效增强学生们解决物理奥林匹克竞赛程度难题的能力,使学生们能最大程度地准备好美国物理奥林匹克竞赛。本课程共12堂课,每次2.5小时。课前,老师会寄给学生们课程提要,每次课后,老师会给学生们布置适量的作业,做为学生们对所学内容的巩固和提高。课后学生可以反复看课堂录像。授课所用材料采用标准参考书和讲员自行编写相结合的方式,以期学生们在较短时间内取得最大成效。

USAPhO F=ma Camp

This USAPhO F=ma Camp is specially organized to intensely train students for the F=ma test, providing a total of 20 practice tests combined with lectures after each test (5 hours for each camp day).
In the first session of each camp day, students will work on one previous real F=ma test, followed by the second session, a lecture about the difficult and confusing problems in the test.  The instructor will emphasize the important knowledge and concepts related to the test.
In the third session, the students will work on a mock F=ma test, which is compiled by the instructor, followed by another lecture session.

All of these efforts will help the students undergo intense practice on the F=ma tests, combined with lectures to help the students understand physics concepts in depth and effectively improve their abilities to solve F=ma problems. Through this class, students can maximize their chances of success on the F=ma test next January.

F=ma Camp是特别针对美国物理奥林匹克竞赛USAPhO F=ma考试。在10天里(每天5个小时)学生做完一共20套题,杨老师会在学生每做完一套题后有重点地讲解概念及难点,旨在帮助学生在深入理解物理概念的基础上,有效加强F=ma的解题能力。每天两套题包括一套以往的真题,一套模拟题。

USAPhO Semifinal Problem Solving Skills Training Class

This USAPhO Semifinal Problem Solving Skills class is specially designed for the students who have finished or are currently taking our USAPhO Semifinal Test Preparation class.  This 12-Sessions’ class (2.5 hours each lecture) will focus on the skills to solve the difficult USAPhO Semifinal examination problems, mainly focusing on the hard problems of the old semifinal tests, so students may further enhance their skills to solve difficult physics problems. Before each class, we will encourage students to work on one old real USAPhO Semifinal test, and then during the lecture, we will talk about the skills to solve the most difficult problems that happened in the test, and answer all the possible questions from students.  For the homework, we will encourage students write down a clear solution for each test problem.

USAPhO Semifinal 解题技巧培训课是特别为上过或正在上杨老师的USAPhO Semifinal Test Prep考试预备课的学生准备。共12堂课,每次2.5小时。主要集中讲解过去USAPhO Semifinal 中的难题,以帮助学生增强解决复杂问题的技巧。每次课前,鼓励学生做完一套老师布置的以前USAPhO Semifinal 考题,上课时老师会对那套考题中最困难的部分进行讲解,并回答学生提出的各种问题。课后,则鼓励学生对每道题写下清晰的完整解答。


Dr. Chunlai Yang graduated from Peking University (B.S. and M.S. in physics) and Boston College (Ph.D. in Physics).  He used to teach in the Physics departments of Peking University and Boston College.  When Dr. Yang taught physics at Peking University, he received the “Excellent Young Teacher Award”.  While working at Boston College, Dr. Yang received the “Teaching Excellence Award”, and also co-authored the textbook Introductory Physics Laboratory Manual with George Goldsmith.  In recent years, Dr. Yang has devoted himself full time to tutor high school students.  He teaches many kinds of physics competition training classes, and instructs students in various AP physics courses.  His teaching is distinctive: concepts are clearly identified and easily understood, with strong logicality. Many of Dr. Yang's students have made distinguished performances in physics competitions and have achieved excellence in their school courses, which has effectively increased the opportunities for these students to be admitted into top universities.  His own daughter was accepted into the U.S. Olympiad Physics Team, admitted to Harvard, Princeton and other top universities, graduated from Harvard University, and achieved her Medical Doctor degree at Stanford Medical School.

杨春来博士毕业于北京大学(物理学学士和硕士)和 Boston College (物理学博士), 并曾任教于北京大学物理系和Boston College 物理系。在北大物理系任教期间,曾获北京大学优秀青年教师奖。在Boston College 物理系工作期间,曾获Boston College 优秀教学奖,并与George Goldsmith 教授合写了教科书: << INTRODUCTORY PHYSICS LABORATORY MANUAL >>。近年来,杨春来博士全职致力于高中学生的课外辅导工作,教授多种物理竞赛培训课,并辅导多种AP物理课程。杨春来博士的教学概念清晰,深入浅出,逻辑性强,深受学生们的喜爱。他教过的许多学生在各种竞赛中表现出色,在学校课程上成绩优秀,有效地促进了学生们进入名牌大学的机会。他自己的孩子就曾进入美国奥林匹克物理队,曾被哈佛,普林斯顿等名牌大学录取,现已从哈佛大学毕业,并已继而在斯坦福大学医学院取得医学博士学位。

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