Supervisions: Work to Do

Holiday Work: Christmas 2017

Holiday work for IA

Work for IA Nat. Sci. MathsWork for IA Physics
(Course A)(Course B)
  • Complete questions K3-6. Code: QQ-MAK-B
  • Download the 2012 past papers for IA Nat. Sci. maths from the faculty's website. From paper 1, attempt questions 1-10, 12, 14, and 18. Code: QQ-MP1-B
  • From 2012 paper 2, attempt questions 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 14, 17, and 18. Code: QQ-MP2-B
  • [Optional.] Anyone who would like some extra (and more structured) practice plotting graphs should have a go at these graph-plotting questions. Code: QQ-MAY-B
  • [Optional.] If you'd like to practise more Tripos questions, then attempt any questions of your choice from the 2011 papers. Codes: QQ-ME1-B (for paper 1) and QQ-ME2-B (for paper 2).
  • Complete questions R11, R12, R13, and R14. Code: QQ-MBR-B
  • Download the 2012 past papers for IA Nat. Sci. maths from the faculty's website. From paper 1, attempt questions 1-10, 12, 14, 15, and 18. Code QQ-MP1-B
  • From 2012 paper 2, attempt questions 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 12, 14, 17, and 19. Code: QQ-MP2-B
  • [Optional.] Anyone who would like a challenge can have a look at anything from X1-12 on this (strictly optional) extra question sheet. Feel free to hand in anything you've done if you'd like feedback. Code: QQ-MBX-B
  • [Optional.] If you'd like to practise more Tripos questions, then attempt any questions of your choice from the 2011 papers. Codes: QQ-ME1-B (for paper 1) and QQ-ME2-B (for paper 2).
  • Play with the skate park, resonance, and lunar lander demonstrations from PhET. Consider carefully the physics involved. There will be questions.
  • Complete questions 22-24 from the question sheet. Code QQ-YVI-B
  • Download the 2012 IA Physics past paper from the Cavendish teaching website. Attempt questions A2, A3, A4, B9, and C11. Code: QQ-YP2-B
  • Download also the 2013 IA Physics past paper. Attempt questions A5, C10, and C11. Code: QQ-YP3-B

Holiday work for IB

Work for IB Physics AWork for IB Physics B
  • Play with the resonance and waves-on-a-string demos on PhET. If your computer allows you, play with the Fourier and wave-interference demos as well.
  • Complete the rest of the question sheet on waves and optics. (This is questions 30-36, plus anything that you didn't get done in term. Do have a go at the computational questions if you haven't already; use other programs if you don't like MATLAB.) Code QQ-AQQ-B
  • Download the May 2012 IB physics A papers from the Cavendish teaching website. From paper 1, attempt questions A4, A5, D12, and D13. From paper 2, attempt questions A1, A2, A3, B6, B7, B8, B9, and D12. (This is nominally 4 hours and 48 minutes' work at exam pace.) Codes: QQ-AP1-B (for paper 1) and QQ-AP2-B (for paper 2).
  • If you'd like to practise more past paper questions (which is a very good idea), then attempt any of your choice from the 2010 paper 1. Code: QQ-AE1-B
  • Play with the charges and fields demonstration from PhET, looking that the field and equipotentials for a dipole and two different kinds of quadrapole. There will be questions. Also look at the radiating charge, and, if you have nothing better to do, apply gratuitous electric shocks to John Travoltage.
  • Complete questions 1-9 from the Dynamics question sheet. Code QQ-BQQ-B
  • Download the June 2013 IB physics B papers from the Cavendish teaching website. From paper 1, attempt questions A2, B6, B7, B8, and B9. From paper 2, attempt questions A1, A3, B6, and B7. (This is nominally just under 4 hours' work at exam pace.) Codes: QQ-BP1-B (for paper 1) and QQ-BP2-B (for paper 2).
  • If you'd like to practise more past paper questions (which is a very good idea), then attempt any of your choice from the 2012 papers Codes: QQ-BE1-B (for paper 1) and QQ-BE2-B (for paper 2).

Instuctions

Work to Do: Lent Term 2018

I usually update this table on Wednesday mornings.

Date of SupervisionWork for IA Nat. Sci. MathsWork for IA PhysicsWork for IB Physics AWork for IB Physics B
(Course A)(Course B)
15th-20th JanuaryNo supervision this week. (But the holiday work must be handed in by noon on Thursday.)Holiday work.
22nd-27th JanuaryHoliday work (which must have been handed in by Thursday 18th January)
29th January - 3rd February
5th-10th February
11th-17th February
19th-24th February
26th February - 3rd March
5th-10th March
12th-17th March

Work to Do: Michaelmas Term 2017

I usually update this table on Wednesday mornings.

Date of SupervisionWork for IA Nat. Sci. MathsWork for IA PhysicsWork for IB Physics AWork for IB Physics B
(Course A)(Course B)
9th-14th OctoberNo work set. (But bring with you to the supervision the Maths Workbook from over the holidays if you have it.)No work set.No supervision this week.
16th-21st OctoberAll questions from sections A and B on the question sheet, except that you may omit A1 and A3 if you like.Questions A1, A3, A4, A5, A7, A8, B3, B4, B5, B6, B7, B8, B10, B11, and B13.Questions 1-6 from the "Problems" sheet. Optional extra: question 2 from the "Additional Problems" sheet.Questions 1-6.Questions 1-6.
23rd-28th OctoberSections C, D, and E.C1(iv), {C3(ii) or X2}*, C4, C5(i, ii, iii), C7, C9, C10, C12, D1, D2, E2, E3, E4, F1(b, e, g, h).Questions 7-13 from the "Problems" sheet, and question 6 from the "Additional Problems" sheet.Questions 7-13.Questions 7-12.
30th October - 4th NovemberQuestions 1-13 from section F. If you feel very confident with complex numbers, omit question 1 completely, and only do parts (b), (d), (f), (h) and (j) from question 2.{F3(c,d) or X3}*, F4(c), {F5(c) or X4(a,b)}, F6, F7(b,d,e,f,g,h,i,k), F8, F10, F11, F13(b), F14(e), F15(d), F17, F18(c,e), F19, G1, G3(b,e), G4, H1(e,f,h), {H2(a,c,e) or X7}, H3.Questions 14-19. Optionally also an extension question such as 9 or 14 from the additional problems sheet. (Or both!)Questions 14-17 from experimental methods, then 1 and 2 from waves and oscillations.Questions 13-18.
6th-11th NovemberF14, F15, all of section G, and H1-7, optionally omitting H1(b,d,f,h) and H2(b,d,f,h)H4, H5, I1, J1, K1, K2, L1, L2.Questions 20-24. Also, if possible, obtain (from the TiS) a copy of the 2011 past exam paper, and attempt B7 and/or C11.Questions 3-9 omitting 3(d). Do not omit any questions apart from 3(d). In particular, do not omit question 7 (which can be tackled with the computer package of your choice; it needn't be Matlab).Questions 19-25.
13th-18th NovemberThe rest of section H.M1, M2, M3, N1, N2, N4, O1, P1(d,g), P2(c,d,e), P3(b), P4.Questions 1-6. Optionally also any questions of your choice from the additional question sheet, which is on TiS.Questions 10-16. 16(b) is optional. Do attempt 15; if you don't like Matlab, use another program, or lots of algebra.Questions 26-30.
20th-25th NovemberSection I, and questions 1-2 from section J.P5(d,g), P6(all), P7, P9, P10, P12, P15, Q1, Q2, Q4, Q6, Q7.Questions 7-14.Questions 17-22. Omit 19(b).Questions 31-38.
27th November - 2nd DecemberThe rest of section J, and questions 1 and 2 from section K.P14, Q8, Q9, {R1 or X12}*, R2, R3, R4, R5, R7, R8, R9.Questions 15-21.Questions 23-29. Optionally omit 24(a) and 24(d). (Do not however omit the last part of 24, about the letters CEF, which isn't part of (d).) Questions 39-44.

General notes

Where to find the questions

What I will mark

Re-arranging supervisions

I'm happy to re-arrange supervisions for almost any reason, providing that I have a week's notice. This means that you need to talk to me about it in the previous supervision (i.e. the supervision before the one that you want to rearrange), when all of the affected people are in the same place.

There's no need to read the rest of this section unless you are looking to re-arrange a supervision with less than a week's notice.

Sometimes students ask me to re-arrange their supervisions by e-mail, giving me less than a week's notice. The trouble with this is that it requires a number of e-mails to establish a possible alternative time that all three or four people affected can make, and for me to book a room. This series of e-mails usually takes a few days, by which point some possible rearranged times have already been and gone, and during which I have to allow not only for my regular timetable and the time of the rearranged supervision, but also for a number of hypothetical timetables based on rearrangements that might never happen. This is inconvenient, and if several students are asking for such rearrangements at once, can become impossible. And I don't think it fair to provide a flexibilty to some students that I can't give to everyone. Furthermore, I consider that providing a reasonable amount of notice for rearranging supervisions is a basic level of professionalism with regard to their academic commitments that can reasonably be expected of students. Therefore I shall not re-arrange any supervision with less than a week's notice except for academic or health reasons.