Sir Isaac Newton Exam home

We will no longer being mailing out paper copies of the exam.

The exam is going to be written online. 

The order form is located in the Teacher Information. This form is where you register and order your exams.  Old user ids and passwords are now obsolete. During the first week of April you will receive an email with instructions and a password.  Your school will have a two hour time frame in which to write the exam.  Pick whatever two hour time frame that works best for your school.  Students can write on a school computer or bring in their own lap top.  You will be able to view the results the day after the exam.  If one of your students receives a mark of 'x' or above you will send in their solutions for hand marking.  The cost per student is $3.00.

The SIN exam is a test of high school physics and is offered by the Department of Physics at the University of Waterloo to encourage the teaching of physics. The exam, although aimed at competent students, is meant to be refreshing and fun. Political and other topical humour have marked SIN exams for years. The first SIN exam was run in 1969, and about 1,500 students from about 300 high schools took part. In recent years the number of students has quadrupled and the number of participating high schools has more than doubled. Students also now participate from across Canada, and a few from the USA and abroad. Your school may wish to enter a team or teams as well as individual students. Students should approach their physics teacher or guidance counsellor who will have access to all the details (or they can get the details by visiting this web site).

Dr. Phil Eastman produced and administered the exam from its inception and, although he has retired, continues to provide input and advice to the new team. From 1997 until 2004 the exam was run by Dr. John Vanderkooy and then by Dr. Chris O'Donovan till 2006. Rohan Jayasundera took over the exam in 2007.

Over the years many challenging questions have appeared on the SIN exam, and the exams and solutions have been published as a book, which is again in print and listed with the sample problems on this website. The book started out with 10 SIN exams and their solutions, but it has been enlarged and reprinted several times, currently containing 26 SIN exams from 1969 to 1994. Thus it is titled: "A Decade of SIN (Plus Sixteen)".

  1. May 27, 2016Solutions 2016

    2016 Solutions (PDF)

    If you need an accessible copy of the solutions please contact the administrator.

  2. May 27, 20162016 Top 100
    Top 100 in 2016  If you need accessible copy please contact the administrator.        
  3. June 10, 20152015 Top 100
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Will be written on

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Exams must be ordered by

March 31, 2017

Results and certificates are not mailed out. 

Teachers can print certificates and access student results from their account.