Supervisions: Work to Do

Instructions

Work to Do: Easter Term 2021

This term supervisions will by default be online, but may be in person from 17th May onwards if all students in the group want that, and e-mail me in time.

Date of SupervisionCodeWork for IA Nat. Sci. MathsWork for IB Physics AWork for IB Physics B
(Course A)(Course B)
26th April - 1st MayNo supervision this week.Holiday work (see below)
3rd-8th MayHoliday Work (see below)Question 1 if time permits. (Code: E1.)Question 1 if time permits. (Code: E1.)
10th-15th MayE2Questions 1-10. Omit 4(d) and 9(a)(iii).Questions 1-14. In question 4, only deal with the first three products (A^2, AB, AC). In question 9, omit the first two products.Questions 2-6. (Plus 1 if not done last week.)Questions 2-5. (Plus 1 if not done last week.)
17th-22nd MayE3Questions 11-17.Questions 15-28, omitting 21 and 23.Question 7, then 1-4 from the new sheet.Questions 7-11.
24th-29th MayE4Questions 18-20 from example sheet 1, and questions 1 to 4 from example sheet 2.Questions 29-33 from examples sheet 1 (where 33 is optional) and question 1 from examples sheet 2.No supervision this week.
31st May - 5th JuneE5All of the remaining questions on the question sheet.

Exam preparation

As always the best way to prepare for the exams is by doing past papers. When the exams are getting close, it is a good idea to attempt the 2018 past papers. I have prepared some numerical solutions, hints, and partial worked solutions to these papers so that you can check your work. We can also discuss past paper questions that you are stuck on in the last few supervisions.

I'll also make some time available for optional drop-in sessions to discuss questions people are stuck on; further details will follow.

Holiday Work: Easter 2021

Holiday work for IA

Work for IA Nat. Sci. Maths
(Course A)(Course B)
  • Complete questions 19-25 from the question sheet. [Code: EMQA]
  • From 2017 paper 1, complete section A, and questions 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, and 17. [Code: EMP1]
  • From 2017 paper 2, complete section A (except for 3 and 5) and questions 11, 12, 13, 15, and 16. [Code: EMP2]
  • [Optional.] Any questions of your choice from the 2010 and 2014 past papers. I shan't mark these, but if you let me know you've made a serious attempt at the papers, and promise not to pass them on to anyone else, I'll send worked solutions.
  • Complete questions 24-30 from the question sheet. (The last two are optional but they are good for you.) [Code: EMQB]
  • From 2017 paper 1, complete section A, and questions 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, and 19. [Code: EMP1]
  • From 2017 paper 2, complete section A (optionally omitting 3) and questions 12, 13, 15, 16, 18, and 19. [Code: EMP2]
  • [Optional.] Any questions of your choice from the extension question sheet. [Code: EMMX]
  • [Optional.] Any questions of your choice from the 2010 and 2014 past papers. I shan't mark these, but if you let me know you've made a serious attempt at the papers, and promise not to pass them on to anyone else, I'll send worked solutions.

Holiday work for IB

Work for IB Physics AWork for IB Physics B
  • Complete questions 4-8 from quantum mechanics. [Code: EYAQ]
  • From 2016 paper 1, complete all questions. (But first attempt it according to the rubric: the specified selection in three hours.) [Code: EYA1]
  • From 2016 paper 2, questions 1, 2, 3, 7, 9, and 12. [Code: EYA2]
  • [Optional.] Any questions of your choice from the 2010 past papers that you haven't done before. [Code: EYAE]
  • Complete questions 9-12 from the thermodynamics question sheet. [Code: EYBQ]
  • From 2016 paper 1, complete all questions. (But first attempt it according to the rubric: the specified selection in three hours.) [Code: EYB1]
  • From 2016 paper 2, complete all questions except A1, C11, and C12. [Code: EYB2]
  • [Optional.] Any questions of your choice from the 2014 past papers that you haven't done before. [Code: EYBE]

Work to Do: Lent Term 2021

I plan to update the table on Tuesday mornings this term, except for physics A, which may update later in the week.

Date of SupervisionCodeWork for IA Nat. Sci. MathsWork for IB Physics AWork for IB Physics B
(Course A)(Course B)
18th-23rd JanuaryNo supervision this week.Holiday work.
25th-30th JanuaryHoliday work (which was handed in last week).Question 1 (Code: L1)No work set: the supervision will be for going through the rest of the holiday work.
1st-6th FebruaryL2S1, S2, S3, S4, 5, 6, 7, 8.S1g, S1j, S2c, S2f, S3b, S4b, 5, 6a, 6b, 7, 8a, 8b, 8c.Questions 2-7.Questions 10-15.
8th-13th FebruaryL3Questions S9, S10, 11, 12, and 13.Questions 9-13; optionally also X26.Questions 8-12. Questions 16-21.
15th-20th FebruaryL4Questions S1 to 8. The second part of 8 is optional.Questions S1a, S1c, S2, 4, 5, 6, 8, and 9.Questions 13-16, then 1 and 2 from the new sheet.Questions 22-27.
22nd-27th FebruaryL5Questions 9-12. Part (ii) of 12 is difficult and optional.S3 and questions 10-16. Optionally omit 13(ii) and 16(c).Questions 3-9.Questions 28-33.
1st-6th MarchL6Questions 13-18, omitting 16.Questions 17-22. Question 20 is optional (but do attempt it if you can). Questions 10-14.Questions 34-38.
7th-12th MarchL7Question 19, then S1 and questions 2-7 from question sheet 3. Optionally include 9*, and 8* if you are very keen.S1, S2, and questions 6-13.Questions 1-5.Questions 39-41 from fluids, and 1 and 2 from thermodynamics.
14th-19th MarchL8Questions S10-S13 and 14-18.S3, S4, and questions 14-23. Omit 22, and optionally also omit 15.Questions 6-8 from question sheet 3, and questions 1-3 from question sheet 4.Questions 3-8.

IA students at Selwyn, Jesus, and Corpus: if you want to re-live your start-of-term test you can download a copy.

Supervisons via Zoom

Many of you are already veteran users of Zoom. Here are a few notes for those who aren't so used to it.

Holiday Work: Christmas 2020

Holiday work for IA

Work for IA Nat. Sci. Maths
(Course A)(Course B)
  • Complete questions K3-6. (Code: CMQA)
  • Download the 2014 past papers for IA Nat. Sci. maths from the faculty's website. From paper 1, attempt questions 1-10, 12, 14, and 18. (Code: CMP1)
  • From 2014 paper 2, attempt questions 1, 2, 3, 10, 11, 13, and 15. (Code: CMP2)
  • [Optional.] If you'd like to practise more Tripos questions, then attempt any questions of your choice from the 2010 papers. (Code: CME0)
  • Complete questions R11, R12, R13, and R14. (Code: CMQB)
  • Download the 2014 past papers for IA Nat. Sci. maths from the faculty's website. From paper 1, attempt questions 1-10, 12, 14, 15, and 19. (Code : CMP1)
  • From 2014 paper 2, attempt questions 1, 2, 3, 10, 11, 13, 15, and 20. (Code: CMP2)
  • [Optional.] Anyone who would like a challenge can have a look at anything from X1-23 on this extra question sheet. Feel free to hand in anything you've done if you'd like feedback. (Code: CMXN)
  • [Optional.] If you'd like to practise more Tripos questions, then attempt any questions of your choice from the 2010 papers. (Code: CME0)

Holiday work for IB

Work for IB Physics AWork for IB Physics B
  • Play with the wave interference demo on PhET if your computer allows you. (And others on the site as well if you like.)
  • Complete the rest of the question sheet on waves and optics. This is questions 29-36, plus anything that you didn't get done in term. Only very keen Fourier transform enthusiasts, however, should attempt 24(a) or 24(b). (Code: CYAQ)
  • 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: CYA1 for paper 1 and CYA2 for paper 2.
  • [Optional.] 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: CYAE)
  • If you can, play with the charges and fields demonstration from PhET, looking that the field and equipotentials for a dipole and two different kinds of quadrapole. Investigate any other relevant relevant simulations from PhET that look interesting, including, if you have nothing better to do, applying gratuitous electric shocks to John Travoltage.
  • Complete any electromagnetism questions left over from last term. (Code: CYBB)
  • Complete questions 1-9 from the Dynamics question sheet. (Code: CYBQ)
  • 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: CYB1 for paper 1 and CYB2 for paper 2.)
  • [Optional.] 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. (Code: CYBE)

Work to Do: Michaelmas Term 2020

I plan to update this table on Tuesday mornings this term.

Date of SupervisionCodeWork for IA Nat. Sci. MathsWork for IB Physics AWork for IB Physics B
(Course A)(Course B)
12th-17th October-No work set. (But look back over the maths work that you've done before arriving, and consider if there's anything that you want to ask about it.)No supervision this week.
19th-24th OctoberM1All 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 1-5 from experimental methods and question 1 from osciallations.Questions 1-6.
26th-31st OctoberM2Sections 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 6-9 from experimental methods and 2 and 3 from osciallations, omitting the part of question 3 that is about cheese.Questions 7-12.
2nd-7th NovemberM3Questions 1-13 from section F. If you are already very good with complex numbers, omit question 1 completely, and only do parts (b), (d), (f), (h) and (j) from question 2.{F3(c,d) or X4}*, F4(c), {F5(c) or X7}, 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), H3.Questions 10-14 from experimental methods, and 4 and 5 from oscillations.Questions 13-18.
9th-14th NovemberM4F14-15, all of section G, and H1-7, optionally omitting H1(b,d,f,h), H2(b,d,f,h), and H5(d).H4, H5, I1, J1, K1, K2, L1, L2. Optionally add X9.The rest of the experimental methods questions, and 5-9 from waves and oscillations.Questions 19-24.
16th-21st NovemberM5H8 to H15.M1, M2, M3, N1, N2, N4, O1, P1(d,g), P2(c,d,e), P3(b), P4. Optionally add X11.Questions 10-15. If you don't want to use a computer for 15 then it can be done by algebra. (But this may take longer!)Questions 25 to 30, unless you didn't get question sheet 2 in time for last week, in which case 23 to 28.
23rd-28th NovemberM6H16, H17, all of section I, J1, J2.P5(d,g), P6(all), P7, P9, P10, P12, P15, Q1, Q2, Q4, Q6. Optionally add integration-based extension questions such as X17.Questions 16(a), 17, 18, 19(a), 20, and 21. Add 16(b) and/or 19(b) only if you want an extra challenge.Up to question 37 (or up to 35 if you are still 2 questions behind as above---but try to catch up if you get a chance).
30th November - 4th DecemberM7The rest of section J, and questions 1 and 2 from section K.P14, Q8, Q9, {R1 or X23}*, R2, R3, R4, R5, R7, R8, R9. [If you do X23, don't try to find the mean and standard deviation in (f).]Questions 22-28. Omit 24(a) and 24(d).Up to question 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.

I think that this year there should be far fewer students wanting to rearrange their supervisions than usual, because most of the fun things that they'd rather do instead of being supervised aren't covid-secure, therefore aren't happening. However, the same rules apply.

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.