General Physics I, Physics 113 (Gary Wysin)
Kansas State University.

Copyright 2006-2012 (Gary M. Wysin) as to the syllabus and all lectures, exams, and online notes. During this course students are prohibited from selling notes to or being paid for taking notes by any person or commercial firm without the express written permission of the professor teaching this course.

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which includes all the information about the course schedule, homework assignments, etc.

Getting Help

See Prof. Gary Wysin, CW 309, 785-532-1628 (wysin@ksu.edu), or your LAB or REC instructors for help.

There is also the Physics Help Room (CW041) where you can get free assistance from Physics Graduate Students, click the link to see the schedule. Or try to find the schedule of hours here.

Click to get a list of paid physics tutors who may be able to help you with the course. (If this link is inactive, you might find the correct one at www.phys.ksu.edu under "Teaching".)

The Kramer and Derby student dining halls also have had free tutoring in math, physics, chemistry and writing. One physics tutor there is Eric Strand (estrand@ksu.edu), who works in the Derby Academic Resource Center on Sundays and Thursdays from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

You might try Scholars Assisting Scholars (SAS) for possible free tutoring help in the Carter Learning Center at the K-State Engineering Department.


See the Math Diagnostic Self-Test to check your basic math knowledge at the level of this course, and how to get further help if you need it.


Solving Physics Problems

See the Solving Physics Problems Guide for some pointers on how to approach homework and exam problems: how to list the knowns and unknowns, see what concepts to apply, manipulate the equations needed, and generally, how to organize your solutions and get the right answers with correct units.

The homework is submitted online at www.masteringphysics.com . The course ID you need there to set up an account is MPWYSIN2012F . For your student ID, use your KSU Wildcat ID (WID). Also a single "show-work" problem on paper is being collected in each recitation class.


Lecture Notes

Here I've summarized the main topics, formulas, and notes from each day's lecture. The topic names here should match the topic names listed on the lecture schedule given on the Syllabus.

Make sure you know what to do with the formulas, the meanings of the symbols, etc!!
Try to understand the examples, they may help with the homework problems.

But, you'll find much more complete explanations in the text by Giancoli.

  1. Ch. 1 -- Physics Units & Numbers
  2. Ch. 1 -- Science, Measurements, Estimations

  3. Ch. 2 -- One-Dimensional Kinematics, Velocity, Acceleration
  4. Ch. 2 -- Motion with Constant Acceleration; Free Fall

  5. Ch. 3 -- Vectors: Addition, Subtraction, Components

  6. Ch. 3 -- 2D Motion, Projectiles; Relative Motion
  7. Ch. 4 -- Newton's Laws of Motion

    Exam 1 Equation Sheet, Chapters 1, 2 & 3

  8. Ch. 4 -- Newton's Laws & Gravity
  9. Ch. 4 -- Newton & Free Body Diagrams, Friction

  10. Ch. 4 -- Problems with Friction, Inclines
  11. Ch. 5 -- Circular Motion and Centripetal Acceleration

  12. Ch. 5 -- Newton's Law of Gravitation, Orbits
  13. Ch. 6 -- Work, Kinetic and Potential Energy

  14. Ch. 6 -- Conservation of Mechanical Energy
  15. Ch. 7 -- Linear Momentum and 1D Collisions

    Exam 2 Equation Sheet, Chapters 4, 5 & 6

  16. Ch. 7 -- More on Collisions; Center of Mass
  17. Ch. 8 -- Rotation: Kinematics, Torque

  18. Ch. 8 -- Rotation: Dynamics, Inertia, Angular Momentum
  19. Ch. 9 -- Static Equilibrium of Objects

  20. Ch. 10 -- Static Fluids: Density and Pressure
  21. Ch. 10 -- Buoyant Forces, Bernouli & Moving Fluids

    Exam 3 Equation Sheet, Chapters 7, 8 & 9

  22. Ch. 11 -- Vibrations; Simple Harmonic Motion
  23. Ch. 11 -- Waves: Frequency, Wavelength, Speed

  24. Ch. 11 -- Waves: Interference, Standing Waves
    Ch. 12 -- Sound, Intensity and Level; Sources
  25. Ch. 13 -- Atomic Theory, Temperature, Ideal Gas Law

    Exam 4 Equation Sheet, Chapters 10, 11 & 12

  26. Ch. 13 -- Ideal Gases and Kinetic Theory
  27. Ch. 14 -- Heat: Temperature Changes, Latent Heat

  28. Ch. 14 -- Heat: Conduction, Convection, Radiation
  29. Ch. 15 -- Thermodynamics, 1st Law: Energy Conservation

    Exam 5 Equation Sheet, Chapters 13, 14 & 15


Fall 2012 Exams
  Exam 1 - Ch. 1,2,3 ---------------------------- Units, Motion, Vectors         Exam 1 Solution
  Exam 2 - Ch. 4,5,6 ------------------- Forces, Circular Motion, Energy         Exam 2 Solution
  Exam 3 - Ch. 7.8.9 ------------------- Momentum, Rotation, Equilibrium         Exam 3 Solution
  Exam 4 - Ch. 10,11,12 --------------------------- Fluids, Waves, Sound         Exam 4 Solution
  Exam 5 - Ch. 13,14,15 ----------- Heat, Kinetic Theory, Thermodynamics         Exam 5 Solution


Fall 2010 Exams
  Exam 1 - Ch. 1,2,3 ---------------------------- Units, Motion, Vectors         Exam 1 Solution
  Exam 2 - Ch. 4,5,6 ------------------- Forces, Circular Motion, Energy         Exam 2 Solution
  Exam 3 - Ch. 7.8.9 ------------------- Momentum, Rotation, Equilibrium         Exam 3 Solution
  Exam 4 - Ch. 10,11,12 --------------------------- Fluids, Waves, Sound         Exam 4 Solution
  Exam 5 - Ch. 13,14,15 ----------- Heat, Kinetic Theory, Thermodynamics         Exam 5 Solution


Fall 2009 Exams
  Exam 1 - Ch. 1,2,3 ------------------------- Measurements, Kinematics         Exam 1 Solution
  Exam 2 - Ch. 4,5,6 ----------------- Forces, Circular Motion, Energy         Exam 2 Solution
  Exam 3 - Ch. 7,8,9 ----------------- Momentum, Rotation, Equilibrium         Exam 3 Solution
  Exam 4 - Ch. 10,11,12 ------------------------ Fluids, Waves, Sound         Exam 4 Solution
  Exam 5 - Ch. 13,14,15 --------- Heat, Kinetic Theory, Thermodynamics         Exam 5 Solution


Summer 2009 Quizzes
  Quiz 1 - Ch. 1 ------------------------- Measurements & Units         Quiz 1 Solution
  Quiz 2 - Ch. 2 & 3 --------------- 1D & 2D Kinematics, Vectors         Quiz 2 Solution
  Quiz 3 - Ch. 4 ----------- Newtwon's Laws, Mechanics, Friction         Quiz 3 Solution
  Quiz 4 - Chs. 5 & 6 ------------- Circular Motion, Work & Energy         Quiz 4 Solution
  Quiz 5 - Chs. 7 & 8 ------------ Momentum, Collisions, Rotation         Quiz 5 Solution
  Quiz 6 - Chs. 9 & 10 ----------------- Static Equilibrium, Fluids         Quiz 6 Solution
  Quiz 7 - Chs. 11 & 12 ----------------- Oscillations, Waves, Sound         Quiz 7 Solution
  Quiz 8 - Chs. 13, 14 & 15 ------ Kinetic Theory, Heat, Thermodynamics         Quiz 8 Solution


Fall 2008 Exams
  Exam 1 - Ch. 1,2,3 ----------------------- Measurements, Kinematics         Exam 1 Solution
  Exam 2 - Ch. 4,5,6 --------------------Forces, Circular Motion, Energy         Exam 2 Solution
  Exam 3 - Ch. 7,8,9 --------------------Momentum, Rotation, Equilibrium         Exam 3 Solution
  Exam 4 - Ch. 10,11,12 ---------------------------Fluids, Waves, Sound         Exam 4 Solution
  Exam 5 - Ch. 13,14 ---------------------------Thermal Physics         Exam 5 Solution
 
Fall 2008 Final Exam
  Study Guide: Review for Final Exam
  Final Exam - Ch. 1--15 ----- Mechanics and Thermodynamics         Final Exam Solution


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Last update: Thursday December 13 2012.
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