Supervisions: Work to Do

Instructions

Holiday Work: Christmas 2018

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 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.)
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 2018

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)
8th-13th OctoberNo work set. (But bring with you to the supervision the Maths Workbook from over the holidays if you have it.)No supervision this week.
15th-20th 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.
22nd-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.Questions 7-12.
29th October - 3rd NovemberQuestions 1-12 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.
5th-10th NovemberF13-15, 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 19-25.
12th-17th 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 26-30 (or however many you get chance to do; I didn't update this table at the proper time).
19th-24th NovemberH16, H17, all of section I, J1, J2.P5(d,g), P6(all), P7, P9, P10, P12, P15, Q1, Q2, Q4, Q6, Q7. Optionally add X9.Questions 17-22. Omit 19(b).Questions 31-38 (plus any not done last week).
26th November - 1st 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 23-29. Omit 24(a) and 24(d), unless you are very keen to do them.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.