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.


Homework 5 is now posted, due Friday Sept. 24th.

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:

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Homework 1

Solutions for Homework 1

Homework 2

Solutions for Homework 2

Homework 3

Solutions for Homework 3

Homework 4

Review for Exam 1

2016 Exam 1 Solutions

2017 Exam 1 Solutions

Homework 5

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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