|Nguyễn Ngọc Long won a gold medal at the International Physics Olympiad 2018.|
Nguyễn Ngọc Long from the central
How did you feel when you heard the result?
It was only three hours before the closing event that I heard the official result from the guide. I was tremendously happy and just wanted to send the news to my family. When my name was called, I was anxious because I hadn’t yet known the rank and I actually stumbled when I was coming onto the stage. It was also interesting that when the name Việt
After the competition, I have received loads of warm congratulations from my friends and family. I am still moved when thinking of the memories that I made at the competition. After the contestants finished the exams, we had a chance to see more of
IPhO is a highly competitive and prestigious competition. What does this award mean to you?
The gold medal is truly a reward for my efforts and also a gift for my parents for the great upbringing they gave me. It’s also for my teachers who have cared a lot for me.
What was your goal when joining this competition?
I just told myself that I would bring home the best achievement as possible so that I wouldn’t regret anything when I looked back. As a representative of Việt
To what would you attribute your success?
Being well-prepared before the exams is crucial, from reviewing and expanding your knowledge to preparing items for the trip. Besides, I also try to be at ease during the exams. My performance on the experimental exam was not up to my expectations. Yet thanks to the support and encouragement from my delegation leader, I was calm and performed better on the theoretical exam.
Vietnamese students may be good at theoretical exams yet might not be competitive in the experiments. So how do you and other Vietnamese contestants overcome this weakness?
Actually, in recent years, the Ministry of Education and Training has put more emphasis on experimenting in the training sessions for the national team attending IPhO. Therefore our experimenting skill has been significantly improved. Besides these training sessions, we also learned from videos about physical phenomena on the internet and improved from this.
What do you like the most about physics?
I started having a special interest in physics when I was in secondary school. Physics can explain natural phenomena. Looking back the role of physics in history makes me want to study more about it. Physics is a highly systematic subject. With a proper learning method, it is no longer boring as many people might assume. Doing the experiments and seeing the physical phenomena also makes physics an exciting subject to pursue. For example, normally, light travels in straight paths but when it passes through a very heavy object, say a black hole, then the light rays will get bent. Or the diffraction phenomenon, when the light passes around the edge of an object, it will not go in straight paths but goes into different directions. It’s very interesting.
Which part of physics do you like the most?
I like quantum mechanics the most. We haven’t dug deep in this area at school but the achievements of quantum mechanics are tremendous and promising in the future.
With the gold medal at IPhO, you will be admitted to the
I am admitted to the Physics Faculty of University of Science of Hà Nội National University. Yet if I have an opportunity, I will study abroad. I haven’t had a specific plan for the future yet but I will continue to pursue science. VNS