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18-year-old boy publishes physics notes, explains theories with PC games

(People's Daily Online)    13:49, April 11, 2016

Zhang Xiaoxuan. (Photo/Chutian Golden Newspaper)

Zhang Xiaoxuan, a senior at Wuhan Foreign Language School, recently published an e-book titled "Fun Physics" online. Since its publication, "Fun Physics" has since become a true Internet hit.

When discussing distance and displacement, Zhang uses Counter Strike to explain the concepts; when discoursing on instantaneous speed, he references the game Need for Speed. In Zhang's book, all the theories and laws of physics are carefully translated into the language of today's teenagers. 

Zhang told a reporter that, by publishing his unique physics notes, he hopes to encourage students who are intimidated by the subject. He hopes that more people will become interested in physics and study it with real enjoyment.

Among other accomplishments, Zhang is a straight A student. He was champion of the 2015 Physics Bowl in the U.S. and of the 2015 National Olympiad in Informatics in China. He got the top score in eight Advanced Placement subjects and earned a 35 (out of 36) on the ACT college admissions test. Now, 18-year-old Zhang has been admitted to Duke University.

So far, Zhang's "Fun Physics" has sold over 10,000 copies online. Fan Mingwu, a member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, specially wrote a preface for Zhang's book, commenting that the book reveals the heart of a student who has found happiness in learning. 

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