F = MA


The F=MA contest, organized by the Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT), is a high school physics competition focused on classical mechanics. The exam consists of 25 multiple-choice questions, and the top 400 performers are invited to the USA Physics Olympiad (USAPhO). Open to U.S. Citizens, Permanent Residents, and students attending U.S. schools, the F=MA exam requires thorough preparation in mechanics, accurate problem-solving, and effective time management.

Exam Dates:

February 8, 2024



Exam Duration:

75 minutes

Exam Format:

25 multiple-choice questions

Eligibility and Benefits

The F=ma competition is specifically designed for U.S. middle and high school students who show a keen interest in physics and STEM fields, providing a platform to showcase and enhance their physics acumen.

  • Encourages participants to delve deeper into the academic study of physics.
  • Enhances problem-solving skills that are crucial for academic success in STEM fields.
  • Participation underscores a student’s commitment to academic excellence in science, boosting their profile for college admissions and scholarships.

Study Resources and Strategies

This exam tests knowledge across various domains of physics, placing a strong emphasis on mechanics, while also covering electromagnetism, thermodynamics, and more, without the use of calculus.

  • Offers a broad spectrum of questions that reflect high school physics curriculum standards.
  • Two versions of the exam, F=ma A and F=ma B, provide students with multiple opportunities to qualify for the next round.
  • Focuses on practical problem-solving and theoretical applications, essential for advanced studies in physics.

F=ma Training and Support

IvyMax is committed to supporting students through specialized training courses that are specifically designed to prepare them for the F=ma exam. These courses are taught by seasoned instructors who are experts in the field of physics.

  • Tailored coaching focuses on enhancing both foundational knowledge and advanced problem-solving skills.
  • In-depth course material covers all necessary topics, supplemented by practice tests that mimic the real exam conditions.
  • Personalized feedback and strategy sessions help students refine their approach and tackle areas of improvement effectively.