PHYC 1310: General Physics I

Prof. David Dunlap
Office: PAIS; Rm 2510

Description of the class

In this class we will study the physical laws of motion that were formulated by Newton in 1687.


Solutions for the final exam are here. I still have some homework grading, and regrading outstanding. I will put papers in the slots as this progresses. I hope to have the grades completed by the end of Friday (which means that you may not be able to see your grade until Saturday night after 7 pm). Please let me know if you have any questions about the grades.

No Mastering Physics

I will not be using Mastering Physics.


Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 11:00-11:50, Regener Hall Room 103.


Wednesday, 3:00-3:50 pm, (or drop in between 4:00-7:00 pm) Regener Hall Room 114.


"University Physics" by Young and Freedman, chapters 1-14, 15th edition. (Any recent edition of the text, 12th, 13th, 14th, or 15th will suffice.)

Office hours

Wednesday following recitation; 4:00-7:00 pm, Regener Hall room 114.

Tutoring Table

Physics and Astronomy graduate students are available to answer your questions. They are staffing a table in the main lobby of PAIS in the afternoons. You are welcome to drop in and ask for help. The current schedule is here:

Tutoring Table Schedule

Homework and Exams

Homework: This will normally be assigned each Saturday, to be passed in at the beginning of class the following Friday. The semester homework total will be worth 20% of the overall grade. No late homework will be accepted, but your lowest score will be dropped from the average. Homework assignments will be posted here:

Gnuplot Graphing

Homework 1

Solutions for Homework 1

Homework 2

Solutions for Homework 2

Homework 3

Solutions for Homework 3

Homework 4

Solutions for Homework 4

Review for Exam 1

2016 Exam 1 Solutions

2017 Exam 1 Solutions

Homework 5

Solutions for Homework 5

Homework 6

Solutions for Homework 6

Homework 7

Solutions for Homework 7

Flashcards for Exam 2

Old Exam 2 Solutions

Older Exam 2 Solutions

Solutions for Exam 2

Homework 8

Solutions for Homework 8

Homework 9

Solutions for Homework 9

Four Step Method for Collisions in One Dimension

Homework 10

Solutions for Homework 10

Solutions for Old Exam 3

Solutions for Older Exam 3

Flashcards for Exam 3

Solutions for Exam 3 2021

Homework 11

Solutions for Homework 11

Homework 12

Solutions for Homework 12

Fluid Dynamics Part 1 Hydrodynamics

Fluid Dynamics Part 2: Aerodynamics I

Fluid Dynamics Part 3: Aerodynamics II

Lecture notes on escape velocity

Homework 13

Solutions for Homework 13

Homework 14

Solutions for Homework 14

More flashcards

Gravity flashcards

Oscillator and Wave flashcards

This year's Makeup/Final Exam Crib Sheet

2015 Makeup Exam Solutions 2015

Makeup Exam from Fall 2014

Solutions to Makeup Exam from Fall 2014

Solutions to Makeup Exam from Fall 2016

Solutions to 2017 Makeup Exam

Solutions to 2021 Makeup Exam

2015 Final Exam

Solutions to 2015 Final Exam

Solutions to 2016 Final Exam

Solutions to 2017 Final Exam

Solutions to 2021 Final Exam

Exams: There will be 3 in-class exams during the semester, to be tentatively held on the following Mondays: Sep. 13, Oct. 11, and Nov. 8. Each of these exams will be worth 20% of the total course grade. The remaining 20% of the course grade will be based on the final exam, which will be on Wednesday, Dec. 15, from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm. Please arrange your schedules in advance so that you will be available to take these exams.

An optional comprehensive makeup exam will be offered one time only, on Wed. evening, Dec. 8, from 7:30-9:30 pm in RH 103. You may substitute your score on this exam for your lowest score on any of the three regular in-class exams. This way you may compensate for having been absent for an exam. Please note, however, that there is no makeup for the final exam, nor is there a makeup date for the makeup exam.

Grades are based on percentages: A (90-100), B (80-89), C (70-79), D (60 - 69) F (<60).


Newton's laws, Chapters 1-5. Work-Energy & Momentum, Rotation, Chapters 6-10. Statics, Chapter 11. Fluids, Chapter 12, Gravity, Chapter 13, Oscillations, Chapter 14. Syllabus

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