Answers: I took Phys 8B in the summer, so the discussion branch was piggy-backed onto the lab. Theoretically, you can ditch the discussion and come within for lab.
Under the old course structure (I have heard it be changed to mimic how they run the Phys 7 series after I graduated), you could have different GSIs for discussion and lab section.
Under that structure, it didn't matter whether you go ot section or not. Most of my 8A class didn't. I did, though, 'exact I'm a stickler for attendance. But I dropped the class that time.
When I tried 8A again, I took a special section that have 2 hours for discussion and 2 hours for lab, and you only have one TA. I liked that format much better, and it be harder to ditch discussion.
Anyway, if you're taking 8B under the 3 hour lab, 1 hour discussion format, I'm sure you can ditch discussion in need fear of reprisal. It's not the most studious of conduct, but hey, it's your pre-med GPA, I guess.
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