Archived question lists - 2018-19

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Work to Do: Easter Term 2019

Date of SupervisionWork for IA Nat. Sci. MathsWork for IB Physics AWork for IB Physics B
(Course A)(Course B)
22nd-27th AprilNo supervision (but holiday work is handed in this week).Holiday work
29th April - 4th MayHoliday work (which was handed in last week).Attempt questions 1 and (if possible) 2 from the question sheet. But just bring them with you to the supervision; don't hand anything in.Attempt questions 1 and 2 from the second question sheet. I'll send instructions about handing in separately.
6th-11th MayQuestions 1-11. Omit 4(d) and 9(a)(iii).Questions 1-15. In question 4, only deal with the first three products (A^2, AB, AC). In question 9, omit the first two products.Questions 3-7. (Also 1 and 2 if not done last week.)Some more questions from the question sheet (perhaps as far as question 6).
13th-18th MayQuestions 12-18.Questions 17-30, omitting 21 and 23.Questions 1-6.Up to question 11.
20th-25th 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.*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.
27th May - 1st 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.)

* If (and only if) you are a CST student studying maths B, and are very short of time due to the imminent CST exams, it is possible to miss out the topic of solving PDEs using separable solutions. In this case you may miss out questions 1, 2, 4, and 5 from examples sheet 2. You should still do questions 3 and (for the final supervision) 6 from examples sheet 2 as they cover material that is shared with the A course.

Optional Revision Session: IB Physics A and Physics B

There will be an optional revision session in a large group to go through---at least briefly---the 2018 past papers in Physics A and in Physics B on the morning of Thursday 23rd May in the Parish Room attached to Little St Mary's Church. The approximate timetable will be:

You can come for just some of the session if you want. It doesn't matter which of the subjects I teach you. If you do come, you must bring a copy of the 2018 past papers; I shan't have any spares, and I shan't keep on re-stating the questions.

There is no need to hand in work: I'll read out answers to all of the questions as I go along, though due to time constraints I shan't be able to go though all the details of how to do every question; I'll focus most on those that people want help with. If you do want to hand in work, I shall mark attempts at a maximum of one question per lettered section in each of the papers, but only in the subject that I teach you. This must be handed in at the regular times for a Thursday supervision. If you do hand in work then arrange the questions for each paper in ascending numerical order and form each paper into a bundle separate from ordinary supervision work.

Optional Revision Session: IA NST maths

There will be an optional revision session in a large group to go through both of the 2018 past papers. This will be on Tuesday 4th June in the Parish Room attached to Little St Mary's Church. The session will begin at 2.30pm with paper 1. There will be a tea break (with cake!) around 3.45pm, and paper 2 will follow the tea break, finishing around 5pm. You can come for just some of the session if you want. If you do come, you must bring a copy of the 2018 past papers; I shan't have any spares, and I shan't keep on re-stating the questions.

I shall mark attempts at the papers submitted by 7pm on Friday 31st May at Selwyn or Trinity Hall (or by 4pm on Friday 31st May at Corpus). You can come without having handed in work; I'll read out answers as I go along so that you can check your work. (You can also hand in work and not come to the revision session, in which case I'll return it to you via your college on the Tuesday evening.) If you do hand in work then arrange the questions for each paper in ascending numerical order and form each paper into a bundle separate from ordinary supervision work.

Alternative Optional Revision Session: IA NST maths

If (and only if) you are a CST student with exams on the afternoon of 4th June, you may come to an alternative optional revision session on Friday 31st May instead. This will start at 2pm, and will probably be in A45, Selwyn. If you want to come you must let me know by e-mail by 10am on Wednesday 29th May at the latest. There will be a tea break part way through. The session will end around 4pm. You can come for just some of the session if you want. If you do come, you must bring a copy of the 2018 past papers; I shan't have any spares, and I shan't keep on re-stating the questions.

I shall mark attempts at paper 1 (but not paper 2) submitted by 7pm on Wednesday 29th May at Selwyn or Trinity Hall (or by 4pm on Wednesday 29th May at Corpus). You can come without having handed in work; I'll read out answers as I go along so that you can check your work. If you do hand in work then arrange the questions in ascending numerical order and form the paper into a bundle separate from ordinary supervision work.

Holiday Work: Easter 2019

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.
  • 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.] Anyone who would like a challenge can have a look at anything from X13-19 on this (strictly optional) extra question sheet. Feel free to hand in anything you've done if you'd like feedback.
  • [Optional.] Any questions of your choice from the 2010 and 2014 past papers that you haven't done before.

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 and 2011 past papers that you haven't done before.
  • I'm aware I've still got some attempts at optional past papers from last holiday. I'll return these at the start of next term---sorry it's taken so long. Don't let this put you off doing optional past papers this time. I shall be faster after Easter.
  • Complete questions 9-12 from the thermodynamics question sheet.
  • Attempt 2014 paper 1, following the rubric on the front, under timed conditions, 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.)
  • [Optional.] Any questions of your choice from the 2013 and 2016 past papers that you haven't done before.

Work to Do: Lent 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 JanuaryNo supervision this week. (But the holiday work is to be handed in.)Holiday work (see below).
21st-26th JanuaryHoliday work (see below) which must have been handed in by noon on 17th January.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.
28th January - 2nd FebruaryQuestions S1, S2, S3, S4, 5, 6, 7, and 8. (You may also want to try some of the practice integrals on the separate sheet. These are intended for self-study, but bring with you any that you're stuck on or want to talk about.)Questions S1g, S1j, S2c, S2d, S2f, S3b, S4b, 5, 6a, 6b, 7, 8a, 8b, and 8c.Questions 1-6.Questions 10-15.
4th-9th FebruaryQuestions S9, S10, 11, 12, and 13.Questions 9-13; optionally also X14.Questions 7-12.Questions 16-21.
11th-16th 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.Questions 22-27.
18th-23rd 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.
25th February - 2nd MarchQuestions 13-18, omitting 16.Questions 17-22. Question 20 is optional (but do attempt it if you can).Questions 10-14.Questions 34-38.
4th-9th 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.
11th-16th 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.

First-year maths students at Selwyn, Jesus, and Corpus: if you want to re-live your start-of-term test, you can download the paper.

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.