Supervisions: Work to Do

Past Paper Work

It's a very good idea to attempt past papers, in order to practise for the university assessments. To help with this, I've produced numerical answers, and various combinations of hints and worked solutions, for most of the questions from the 2018 past papers. (Follow the link.)

IA NST maths students: I've also written (nearly) full worked solutions to the 2010 and 2014 past papers. I will send you copies if, and only if, I receive an e-mail (i) telling me which of the papers you've done, (ii) assuring me that you will only look at answers for questions you've spent a good amount of time attempting, and (iii) promising not to pass them on to anyone else.

Work to Do: Easter Term 2020

Date of SupervisionCodeWork for IA Nat. Sci. MathsWork for IB Physics AWork for IB Physics B
(Course A)(Course B)
27th April - 2nd MayHQ and HPHoliday work (see below)
4th-9th MayW1Questions 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 1-3.Questions 1 and 2.
11th-16th MayW2Questions 11-17.Questions 15-28, omitting 21 and 23.Questions 4-7.Questions 3-7.
18th-23rd MayW3Questions 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.Questions 1-6Questions 8-12 or so.
25th-30th MayW4All of the remaining questions on the question sheet. We can also discuss in the supervision question any past paper questions of interest, but do not hand these in. (See also below.)

Holiday Work: Easter 2020

Holiday work for IA

Work for IA Nat. Sci. Maths
(Course A)(Course B)
  • Complete questions 19-25 from the question sheet.
  • From 2017 paper 1, complete section A, and questions 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, and 17. (First complete the paper according to the rubric: section A and your choice of five others in three hours.)
  • From 2017 paper 2, complete section A (except for 3 and 5) and questions 11, 12, 13, 15, and 16.
  • [Optional.] Any questions of your choice from the 2010 and 2014 past papers that you haven't done before. (I may produce written solutions for these rather than marking them.)
  • Complete questions 24-30 from the question sheet. (The last two are optional but they are good for you.)
  • From 2017 paper 1, complete section A, and questions 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, and 19. (First complete the paper according to the rubric: section A and your choice of five others in three hours.)
  • From 2017 paper 2, complete section A (optionally omitting 3) and questions 12, 13, 15, 16, 18, and 19.
  • [Optional.] Any questions of your choice from the 2010 and 2014 past papers that you haven't done before. (I may produce written solutions for these rather than marking them.)

Holiday work for IB

Work for IB Physics AWork for IB Physics B
  • Complete questions 4-8 from quantum mechanics.
  • From 2016 paper 1, complete all questions. (But first attempt it according to the rubric: the specified selection in three hours.)
  • From 2016 paper 2, questions 1, 2, 3, 7, 9, and 12.
  • [Optional.] Any questions of your choice from the 2010 past papers that you haven't done before. (I may produce written solutions for these rather than marking them.)
  • Complete questions 9-12 from the thermodynamics question sheet.
  • Attempt 2016 paper 1, following the rubric on the front, under timed conditions.
  • Attempt paper 2, following the rubric on the front, under timed conditions, omitting A1. (You haven't covered all of the material for section C yet, so you'll probably need to choose C10 and C13!)
  • 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 A1, C11, and C12 from paper 2.
  • [Optional.] Any questions of your choice from the 2014 past papers that you haven't done before. (I may produce written solutions for these rather than marking them.)

Work to Do: Lent Term 2020

I usually update this table on Wednesday mornings.

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

Date of SupervisionWork for IA Nat. Sci. MathsWork for IB Physics AWork for IB Physics B
(Course A)(Course B)
13th-18th JanuaryNo supervision this week. (But the holiday work is to be handed in by noon on Thursday 16th January - see below.)Holiday work (see below for handing-in arrangements).
20th-25th JanuaryHoliday work (which was handed in last week).This supervision will mostly be for going over the rest of the holiday work and (in some cases) start-of-term tests. Don't hand in any work this week - I won't be collecting it - but you can bring with you answers to the first two questions from this term's examples sheet if you like.
27th January - 1st FebruaryS1, S2, S3, S4, 5, 6, 7, 8. (You can also have a go at the practice integrals - bring any you want to talk about to the supervision.)S1g, S1j, S2c, S2f, S3b, S4b, 5, 6a, 6b, 7, 8a, 8b, 8c.Questions 1-6.Questions 10-15.
3rd-8th FebruaryQuestions S9, S10, 11, 12, and 13.Questions 9-13; optionally also X14(a).Questions 7-12.Questions 16-21.
10th-15th FebruaryQuestions S1 to 8. The second part of 8 is optional.Questions S1a, S1c, S2, S3, 4, 5, 6, 8, and 9. Optionally omit S3 this week if the method for it hasn't been covered in lectures before you do the questions.Questions 13-16, then 1 and 2 from the new sheet (provided it's produced in time).Questions 22-27.
17th-22nd FebruaryQuestions 9-12. Part (ii) of 12 is difficult and optional.S3 (if not done last week) then questions 10-16. Optionally omit 13(ii) and 16(c).Questions 3-9.Questions 28-33.
24th-29th FebruaryQuestions 13-18, omitting 16.Questions 17-22. Question 20 is optional (but do attempt it if you can).Questions 10-14.Questions 34-38.
2nd-7th MarchQuestion 19 from question sheet 2, then S1 and questions 2-7 from question sheet 3. Also attempt 9* (from question sheet 3) if you get time, 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.
9th-14th MarchQuestions 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.

Holiday Work: Christmas 2019

Holiday work for IA

Work for IA Nat. Sci. Maths
(Course A)(Course B)
  • Complete questions K3-6.
  • 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.
  • From 2014 paper 2, attempt questions 1, 2, 3, 10, 11, 13, and 15.
  • [Optional.] Anyone who would like some extra (and more structured) practice plotting graphs should have a go at these graph-plotting questions.
  • [Optional.] If you'd like to practise more Tripos questions, then attempt any questions of your choice from the 2010 papers.
  • Complete questions R11, R12, R13, and R14.
  • 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.
  • From 2014 paper 2, attempt questions 1, 2, 3, 10, 11, 13, 15, and 20.
  • [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.
  • [Optional.] If you'd like to practise more Tripos questions, then attempt any questions of your choice from the 2010 papers.

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 29-36, plus anything that you didn't get done in term.
  • 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.)
  • 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.
  • 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. 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.
  • 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.)
  • 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

Work to Do: Michaelmas Term 2019

I usually update this table on Wednesday mornings.

Date of SupervisionWork for IA Nat. Sci. MathsWork for IB Physics AWork for IB Physics B
(Course A)(Course B)
14th-19th OctoberNo work set. (But bring with you to the supervision your maths work from the Preparation Programme, and consider if there are any parts of it that you want to discuss.)No supervision this week.
21st-26th 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.Questions 1-6.
28th October - 2nd NovemberSections 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.Questions 7-12.
4th-9th NovemberQuestions 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 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 14-17 from experimental methods, then 1 and 2 from waves and oscillations.Questions 13-18.
11th-16th NovemberF14-15, 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 X7.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 19-24.
18th-23rd NovemberH8 to H15.M1, M2, M3, N1, N2, N4, O1, P1(d,g), P2(c,d,e), P3(b), P4.Questions 10-15 and 16(a). Add 16(b) only if you want an extra challenge. Do attempt 15; if you really don't want to use a computer, it can be done purely with algebra. (But this may take longer!)Questions 25-30.
25th-30th NovemberH16, H17, all of section I, J1, J2.P5(d,g), P6(all), P7, P9, P10, P12, P15, Q1, Q2, Q4, Q6. Optionally add X9.Questions 17-21. Omit 19(b). Do not omit 19(a).Questions 31-37.
2nd-7th 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.[If you do X12, don't try to find the standard deviation in (f).]Questions 22-28. Omit 24(a) and 24(d), unless you are very keen to do them.Questions 38-44.