USAPhO Semifinal Examination

SpringLight is a WASC accredited education organization. We have successfully provided the USAPhO training for more than four years. More than half of our students have qualified for the semi-final. Our students get into final (top 20), semifinal gold, silver, bronze and honorable mention etc.


The next USAPhO Semifinal test date will be in April, 2018.

Tuition: $1000/10 sessions

Location:  3/19 class will be online only.  3/26, 4/2 will be onsite @SpringLight’s office and online (After the students register, we will email the online class instruction)


Class time: Jan. 29 to March 12, 1:30 to 4:00 pm, Pacific Time, every Sunday, 2.5 hours/session

Tuition: $100/session, total $700 You can drop your check to SpringLight office at 20432 Silverado Ave, Ste 7, Cupertino, CA 95014, or pay to PayPal )


Location: (After the students register, we will email the online class instruction)


This online class includes 10 sessions of intense training lectures to prepare for the USAPhO Semifinal examination, which is well formatted and consistent each year. The percentage of each topic in the USAPhO Semi-final examination is:

  • Mechanics, include Mechanical Waves, 37.5%
  • Electricity and Magnetism, include E-M Waves, 37.5%
  • Thermal Physics, 12.5%
  • Modern Physics, 12.5%


Correspondingly, the schedule of our Semi-final preparation lectures will be:

  • Thermal Physics, one session (1/29)
  • Electricity and Magnetism, including E-M Waves, three sessions (2/5, 2/12, 2/19)
  • Modern Physics, one session (2/26)
  • Mechanics, including Mechanical Waves, one session (3/5)
  • Comprehensive Topics, one session (3/12)

We only have one session for Mechanics because students are already quite familiar with mechanics topics when preparing for the F=ma test, and correspondingly, we will also assign harder reference books for Mechanics than other topics.

To help students fully understand the topic, we will instruct students on the following procedures (The class is on Sunday, so students may get familiar with the topic during the weekend):

  • Pre-class reading materials (need finish before the class)
  • Warm-up practices (need finish before the class)
  • Lectures  (during the class)
  • Homework (need finish after the class)

Through these seven sessions of intense trainings, students may obtain the necessary knowledge and skills to achieve a good score on their USAPhO Semi-final examinations.

本课程将针对美国物理奥林匹克USAPhO的第2semifinal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4月的美国物理奥林匹克竞赛。本课程采取网络教学方式,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。

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,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.

About the instructor

Dr. Yang graduated from Peking University and Boston College with a Ph. D. in Physics. With his knowledge in Physics, he had the ability to teach in the Department of Physics at Peking University and Boston College. While working at Boston College, Dr. Yang received the “Teaching Excellence Award” and also co-authored the textbook:Introductory Physics Laboratory Manual.

In recent years, Dr. Yang has devoted himself to tutoring high school students. He teaches several kinds of math and physics classes, including training for competitions. Many of Dr. Yang’s students have made distinguished performances in math and physics competitions, and have achieved excellence in their own school courses. His own child has graduated from Harvard University and is now continuing his studies 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,教授多种数学竞赛和物理竞赛培训课,并辅导多种数学和物理课程。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,并继续在斯坦福大学读医学院。