A JOHN Monash Science School student is going for gold, but it won't be for sport.
Year 12 student Chris Whittle will test his physics prowess against the world's brightest science students at an international competition this month.
The 18 year old is one of five students representing Australia at the International Physics Olympiad in Estonia, as part of the annual International Science and Mathematical Olympiads from July 15 to 22.
Chris says competitors will take part in a
five-hour exam and five hours of experimental work.
"They give you some documents and the necessary tools and you're required to investigate the area, take results and come up with conclusions," he said.
"I'm most looking forward to the experience of meeting new people, networking and being challenged by the physics."
The Australian physics team will spend the first days of the two-week trip training in Latvia, before sight-seeing and socialising.
"I'm very excited. I've never been in that part of the world before so it will be very interesting," Chris said.
He said selection for the national team involved a number of examinations and training camps. This included taking part in the Asia Physics Olympiad in Indonesia last month.
"Five of us were chosen to go to the International Physics Olympiad. We've been practising our problem-solving skills and getting familiar with the types of questions we may face."
Chris is fascinated by physics, especially its application to technology.
"I'm very interested in maths, physics and also computer science. I hope to study some combination of these at uni.
"I'm considering a research career; I've always admired scientific researchers."
For now, he looks forward to competing overseas.
"Regardless of the results, I'll be happy with the experience and meeting new people."