- The POF is open to all currently enrolled SLU students.
- New problems will be posted every fortnight, more or less.
- Solutions are due at noon on the date given on the problem. Email them as Word, PDF, or Mathematica documents to firstname.lastname@example.org, or as hardcopy to Brian Watson’s mailbox in BH 224 , or in person in BH 218.
- Solutions will be judged by the physics faculty and awarded a score from 0 to 5 for completeness, accuracy, and elegance of presentation. Drawings of cats will be appreciated but will not earn you a higher score.
- A mere sequence of equations is not acceptable. You must explain what you are doing.
- You may use Mathematica to graph functions or visualize your solution, provided you annotate your notebook.
- Winners choose one prize from the “Useless Stuff” list and one prize from the “Useful Stuff” list.
- The best solutions will be posted in the Bat Cave (the study area with the round table and homework solutions).
- Persistence Award—At the end of the semester the student with the greatest accumulated points can choose prizes according to (5) above unless they have already won an individual problem.
POF#5 - Due Monday, May 5, at 4:00 pm
POF#4 - Due Monday, May 5, at 4:00 pm
- POF#3 - Due Monday, March 17, at 4:00 pm
- POF#2 - Due Friday, February 7, at 4:00 pm
- POF#1 - Due Wednesday, November 20, at noon
 Chemistry and Mathematics faculty, and other faculty with physics envy are welcome to submit solutions. Correct entries will entitle their authors to a certificate proclaiming them honorary members of the physics department
 usually more.