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Work to Do - Easter term 2018

Date of SupervisionWork for IA Nat. Sci. MathsWork for IA PhysicsWork for IB Physics AWork for IB Physics B
(Course A)(Course B)
23rd-28th AprilNo supervision (but holiday work is handed in this week).Holiday work
30th April - 5th MayHoliday work (which was handed in last week).This supervision is mostly for going over the rest of the holiday work. We can look at the first question from the question sheet as well if you like, but just bring it with you; I won't be collecting work in the usual way this week.
7th-12th MayQuestions 1-11. Optionally omit 4(d) and 9(a)(iii).Questions 1-17. In question 4, only deal with the first three products (A^2, AB, AC). In question 9, omit the first two products.Questions 1-6.Questions 1-7.Questions 1-6.
14th-19th MayQuestions 12-18.Questions 17-30, omitting 21 and 23.Questions 7-13.Questions 1-6.Questions 7-11.
21st-26th MayQuestions 19 and 20 from example sheet 1, and questions 1 to 6 from example sheet 2.Questions 31-33 from examples sheet 1 (where 33 is optional) and questions 1-3 from examples sheet 2.Questions 14-19.All of the rest of the questions on the question sheet. Also bring with you (but do not hand in) anything that you are stuck on or want to talk about from the past papers that you are doing to revise.
28th May - 2nd JuneAll of the rest of the questions from the question sheet. Also bring with you (but do not hand in) anything that you are stuck on, or want to talk about, from the past papers that you are doing to revise. No supervision (exams will have started).

I'll finish regular supervisions by 24th May (2nd-year) and 2rd June (1st-year). There will also be revision sessions in large groups, for which I shall mark selected questions in advance. Detailed information follows...

SubjectDate and timeLocationWho may attendNotice requiredWork that will be markedWork deadlineNotes
IB Physics AThursday 24th May 9.15-10.45amChadwick Room, Selwyn CollegeAll my IB Physics students (A or B)None - just turn up.Paper 1: all of section A, B7, B9, D12. Paper 2: all of section A, B7, B9, C11.7pm on Wednesday 23rd May at Selwyn, Jesus, or Trinity Hall. But if you can hand in before then (especially before the weekend of 19th/20th May) then please do.Starts with paper 1; paper 2 begins around 10am.
Coffee breakThursday 24th May 10.45-11.05amLet me know by e-mail by 6pm on Thursday 17th May if you want to come. I need to send numbers to catering.None
IB Physics BThursday 24th May 11.05am-12.30pmNone - just turn up.Paper 1: all of section A, B6, B7, C10, C12. Paper 2: all of section A, C10, C11.Starts with paper 1; paper 2 begins around noon.
IA NST MathsFriday 1st June 10am - 12 noonA45, Selwyn CollegeONLY those of my IA NST maths students who have an exam on the afternoon of 5th June.Let me know by e-mail by noon on Wednesday 30th May if you want to come.Only paper 17pm on Wednesday 30th May at Selwyn, Jesus, or Trinity Hall.Places may be limited: priority will be given to those who e-mail soonest.
IA PhysicsMonday 4th June 2.30-4pmOnly my IA Physics studentsNone - just turn up.All of the paper7pm on Wednesday 30th May at Jesus; 6pm on Thursday 31st May at Corpus; 12.30pm on Friday 1st June at Trinity Hall; or 12.30pm on Saturday 2nd June at Selwyn.Tea break in middle of session.
IA NST MathsTuesday 5th June 2.30-5pmParish Room, Little St Mary's ChurchAll my IA studentsNone - just turn up.Paper 1 and possibly paper 2Starts with paper 1; tea break around 3.45pm; paper 2 after tea break.

Holiday Work: Easter 2018

Work for IA Nat. Sci. MathsWork for IA PhysicsWork for IB Physics AWork for IB Physics B
(Course A)(Course B)
  • Complete questions S4, 13, 14, 16, 17, 18, and 20 from the question sheet. Optionally also attempt 15 and 19 (but bear in mind that 19 requires a technique which is specific to the B-course). Code: QZ-MAQ-B.
  • Get hold of the 2013 past papers for IA.
  • From 2013 paper 1, attempt to complete the paper as specified by the rubrics on the front. Bear in mind that you haven't covered the material for questions 11 or 17 yet, and that 19 and 20 are B-course questions, so you may not want to choose them. (This does mean that you are choosing 5 out of 6, which is a more restrictive choice than you will face in the actual exam.) Try to produce an attempt under timed conditions if you can: it's useful to get a feel for what the time pressure is like.
  • Complete the rest of the possible questions from paper 1, which you either didn't try or couldn't do in the time. (This is anything left from section A, plus questions 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, and 18.) Code for 2013 paper 1: QZ-MP1-B.
  • From 2013 paper 2, attempt section A (optionally omitting 5), and questions 11, 14, 15, 16, and 17. Code: QZ-MP2-B.
  • Optional: if you'd still like to do more practice after that, I'll mark anything from the 2011 past papers that you haven't done before. Codes: QZ-ME1-B (paper 1) and QZ-ME2-B (paper 2).
  • Complete questions 24-30 from the question sheet. (The last two are optional but they are good for you.) Code: QZ-MBQ-B.
  • Get hold of the 2013 past papers for IA.
  • From 2013 paper 1, attempt to complete the paper as specified by the rubrics on the front. Bear in mind that you haven't covered the material for question 11 yet, so you may not want to choose it. Try to produce an attempt under timed conditions if you can: it's useful to get a feel for what the time pressure is like.
  • Complete the rest of paper 1, which you either didn't attempt or couldn't do in the time. (This is everything in the paper except for question 11.) Code for 2013 paper 1: QZ-MP1-B.
  • From 2013 paper 2, attempt section A, and questions 11, 16, 17, 19, and 20. Code: QZ-MP2-B.
  • Optional: if you'd still like to do more practice after that, I'll mark anything from the 2011 past papers that you haven't done before. Codes: QZ-ME1-B (paper 1) and QZ-ME2-B (paper 2).
  • Complete questions 19-24 from the examples book. Optionally also A6. Code: QZ-YQQ-B.
  • From the 2012 past paper, attempt questions A5, B7, B8, C10, D12, and D13, in two hours and forty minutes.
  • Finish the questions that you couldn't get done in the time, taking as long as you need to produce the best answers that you can. Code for the 2012 past paper: QZ-YP2-B.
  • From the 2014 past paper, answer questions A1, A5, C10, and D13. Optionally complete any other questions of your choice from this paper. (But note that A2 and section E require material not taught until next term.) Code: QZ-YP4-B.
  • Optional: complete any relevant questions from the 2013 past paper that you haven't done before. Code: QZ-YE3-B.
  • Complete questions 4-8 from the last QM question sheet. Code: QZ-AQQ-B.
  • Obtain the Physics A past papers from 2013.
  • Attempt paper 1, following the rubric on the front, under timed conditions.
  • From paper 2, attempt questions A1, A2, A3, and any two of your choice from section B, in one hour and twenty minutes.
  • Finish the questions from paper 1 that you couldn't get done in the time, and also attempt all of the others, taking as much time as you need. Code for paper 1: QZ-AP1-B.
  • Finish the questions that you attempted from paper 2, and also attempt the other questions from section B, taking as much time as you need. Also complete question D13. Code for paper 2: QZ-AP2-B.
  • It is a very good idea to practise more past tripos questions than this. I'll mark anything from the 2010 (codes QZ-AE1-B for paper 1 and QZ-AE2-B for paper 2)---it's particularly worthwhile doing the QM questions.
  • Finish examples sheet 1 in thermodynamics.
  • Obtain the Physics B past papers from 2014.
  • Attempt paper 1, following the rubric on the front, under timed cdonditions, except that you should omit questions A2 and A4, and only allow yourself 2 hours and 45 minutes. (Also bear in mind that part of B8 is very difficult, and you may not want to choose it.)
  • Attempt paper 2, following the rubric on the front, under timed conditions. (You may not have covered all of the material for section C yet, but there is enough choice of questions that you can do!)
  • Finish the questions that you attempted in both of the papers, but couldn't get done in the time, and also attempt all of the questions (from both papers) that you didn't choose, except for those that rely on material not yet taught. (Optionally also omit the 5-mark section of question B8; it's unreasonably difficult.) Take as much time as you need to produce good answers. Codes for completed attempts: QZ-BP1-B (paper 1) and QZ-BP2-B (paper 2).
  • It is a very good idea to practise more past tripos questions than this. I'll mark anything from the 2013 past paper (codes QZ-BE1-B and QZ-BE2-B for papers 1 and 2 respectively).

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 noon on Thursday 18th January)No work set, but you could attempt questions 1 and 2 if you get chance.No work set, but you could attempt questions 10 and 11 if you get chance.
29th January - 3rd FebruaryQuestions S1, S2, S4, S5, 6, 7, 8.Questions S1g, S1j, S2c, S2d, S2f, S3b, S4b, 5, 6a, 6b, 7, 8a, 8b, and 8c.Questions 1-6.Questions 1-6 (omitting any done last week).Questions 10-15.
5th-10th FebruaryQuestions 9-15. In 14(b) and 14(c), give the form of the complimentary function and the particular integral, but do not find the values of the constants in either. In question 15, all students should attempt part (A), only students studying Physics should attempt (B) and (Cii), only students seeking to punish themselves should attempt (Ci), and no students should attempt (D).Questions 9-13. Optionally also X13 and/or X14 and/or question 12 from the A-course question sheet. In question 10, show that q satisfies its equation, but do not do the rest of the question (the parts starting "firstly" and "secondly").Questions 7-12.Questions 7-12.Questions 16-21.
11th-17th FebruaryFrom the first examples sheet, questions 17 and 18 (optionally also 16). From the second examples sheet, questions S1, S2, 4, 5, and 6.Questions 1-10. Omit S3 and 7. (Optionally omit also S1b, S1d, S1e, S2a, and S2b.)Questions 13-18.Questions 13-16, and if possible the first two questions from the new question sheet.Questions 22-27.
19th-24th FebruaryQuestions 7-14. Questions 10 and 14(ii) are difficult and optional.Question S3, and questions 11-16.Questions 19-23. Optionally also additional question 8.Questions 3-9. (Also questions 1 and 2 if not done last week.)Questions 28-33.
26th February - 3rd MarchQuestion S3, and questions 15-19. If possible also S1 from the next question sheet. (I set question 6 from the new sheet in error; it is better not to do that this week.)Questions 17-22. Question 20 is optional (but do attempt it if you can).Questions 1-6. Optionally also A1 and / or A2.Questions 10-14.Questions 34-38.
5th-10th MarchFrom the second section of question sheet 2 (available as Examples.2A on Moodle) questions S1(b,d,f), S2, S3(i), 6, 7(a), 8(b) (just quoting the result from 8(a)), S5, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, and 16.S1, S2, and questions 6-13.Questions 7-10, A5, and (optionally) A6 and A7.Questions 1-5 if possible.Questions 39-41 from fluids, and 1 and 2 from thermodynamics.
12th-17th MarchFrom the second section of question sheet 2: question 18, and optionally also 17 and 19. From question sheet 3: S1, S2, S3, and questions 6-12.S3, S4, and questions 14-23, optionally omitting 15 and 22.Questions 11-18.Question 6-8 from question sheet 2 (and also question 5 if not done last week). Questions 1-3 from question sheet 4.Questions 3-8.

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).

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 flexibility 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.