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Welcome to the Imperial Physics Wiki! This page contains useful information for new users.

How do I log in?

You can always log in using the link in the top right of each page.

You should use your normal college login details (e.g. the same username and password you use for the computer network, e-mail, Blackboard, etc.) Passwords are case sensitive.

If you are redirected back to the wiki page but the page still says you are logged out, try pressing Ctrl+F5. Please make sure cookies are enabled in your browser.

How does this website work?

This website is a hybrid wiki-and-forum. Each lecture course has it's own page on the wiki which is editable by all Imperial College Physics students. We hope that you'll use it to share past paper answers, handy links to useful websites you've found and more. Each course also has a forum - this is an ideal place to ask questions to your fellow students and to leave your thoughts on the lectures. The year reps will summarise any feedback from the forums anonymously at future staff-student committee meetings.

How to upload past paper answers

Got paper solutions you would like to place on the wiki? Follow the instructions below:

  1. Scan the solutions to your computer. The college printers have a built in "Scan to PDF" function which will scan your solutions and send them to you via e-mail.
  2. Upload the files to a online storage space such as Google Docs or Dropbox
  3. Google Docs Users: Make sure you select the "public on the web" sharing setting, otherwise other people won't be able to access it! See detailed instructions here on uploading with Google Docs.
  4. Dropbox Users: Place the document in your "Public" folder and then right click and "Copy public URL". See detailed instructions here.
  5. Go to the relevant wiki page, click on "Edit" next to the past paper question and post the public link of your solution
  6. Sit back and take pride in the fact that you have helped the physics community

There is a video on YouTube explaining how sharing works on Google Docs.

How to use maths

You can insert maths equations anywhere in the wiki or in the forum. Simply click on the "insert equation" button whilst editing. This is situated above the textbox and is a "square root of n". You should format your equations using LaTeX. Applications such as Maple can generate LaTeX for you.

How to test your edits

If you'd like to test the editing tools and making an edit on a "test" article before working on a live article, you can use the Example page. Feel free to do whatever you want with this page.

How do I change my forum avatar?

You can change your avatar at

If you already have a Gravatar account, log in as normal and select "add a new email address". Enter your short-hand Imperial College e-mail address: [your username] For example, if your Imperial College login name is az123, your short-hand e-mail address would be

If you do not have a Gravatar account, create a Gravatar account using your short-hand Imperial College e-mail address: [your username] Once you've done that, change your Gravatar and it'll be used across the wiki and forums.

Who runs this website?

This website is run by the Physoc webmaster. For any queries please email Ronnie Dutta at