Monday, 20 June 2016

Examination Papers A and B – Examination Board made mock papers available

With effect from 2017, a single Paper A and a single Paper B will be set each year. As for current Paper C and the Pre-Examination, Papers A and B will be set in technical fields that are accessible to everyone. The Examination Board has made  mock papers available for Paper A (examiner report) and Paper B (examiner report). The examiner reports are currently available in English only.

Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Paper A Electricity/Mechanics 2016 - our main claim

Here it is. Our attempt at the main independent claim of A E/M 2016.

Claim 1. A siphon comprising a housing; the housing comprising:
· a reservoir,
· an inlet opening, and
· an outlet opening;
· the housing being arranged such that liquid can flow from the inlet opening to the outlet opening via the reservoir and fill the reservoir up to an overflow level of the reservoir;
characterised in that the housing further comprises a wall exposed on an inner side to gas entering the housing from the inlet opening and exposed on an outer side to gas entering the housing from the outlet opening; and
the wall extending at least to the overflow level to prevent gas from flowing from the outlet opening to the inlet opening.

The main problem in this exam seems to lie in covering 4 embodiments which fall into two groups (Figs.2 and 3 versus Figs.4 and 5). This makes it difficult to define the position of the openings and puts the pressure on a correct definition of the wall. This is particularly relevant since also in the traditional siphon of Fig.1 the wall of the tube plays a role in preventing gas entering.

We may post some dependent claims at a later moment.

Looking forward to your comments,

All blog threads allow anyone to add comments and already have a lot of valuable, interesting and sometimes surprising discussions between many candidates who posted their comments as well as tutors resulted from those.Any remarks, (different) opinions and questions as are welcome! Please post your contribution as comments to this blog, so everybody can paticipate in and benefit from the discussion/ explanation.

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Jelle, Nico, Sander

A-Electricity/Mechanics 2016: First impressions?

To all who sat the A-paper today:

What are your first impressions to this year's A-paper?
Any general or specific comments?

How many marks do you expect to have scored?
What is your expectation of the pass rate and the average score?

How did this year's paper compare to the 2013, 2014 and 2015 papers (assuming your practiced those)

The paper and our answers

Copies of the paper will be provided on this blog as soon as we have received copies of the papers, in all three languages here (English [available], French and German).

The core of our answers will be given as soon as possible in a separate blog post.

We look forward to your comments!
Comments are welcome in any official EPO language, not just English. So, comments in German and French are also very welcome!

Please do not post your comments anonymously - it is allowed, but it makes responding more difficult and rather clumsy ("Dear Mr/Mrs/Ms Anonymous of 28-03-2016 11:05"), whereas using your real name or a pseudonym is more personal, more interesting and makes a more attractive conversation. You do not need to log in or make an account - it is OK to just put your (nick) name at the end of your post.

Please post your comments as to first impressions and general remarks to this blog.

Please post responses to our answer (as soon as available) to the separate blog post with our answer.

Sander, Jelle, Nico