# PHYS101: General Physics - I

Physics 101 - General Physics I is a first year course for students pursuing a program in the biological sciences. This page contains links to typed versions of lectures given by Dave Boal. The lectures are stored as PDF files and can be read by Adobe Acrobat Reader (click to download a free copy from Adobe). Canadian spelling conventions are used.

Sample problems

Links are provided to 130 pages of sample problems and their solutions drawn from assignments and examinations over several years. The problems are organized according to topic as indicated by the titles. These problems are more algebraic than the numerical questions found in most first-year textbooks.

Exams, assignments, marks

Copies of old final examinations (including answers, but not complete solutions) are available in PDF format.
2001 2002 2006 2008

The distribution of letter grades varies from semester to semester according to the abilities of the students in each class. As a rough guide as to what to expect, the distribution of grades for large-enrolment courses in the Faculty of Science is:
18% A, 35% B, 33% C, 6% D, 8%F

Lecture notes

Lecture 1 - Speed and velocity
Lecture 2
- Acceleration
Lecture 3
- Relative motion and projectile motion
Lecture 4
- Centripetal acceleration
Lecture 5
- Dynamics
Lecture 6
- Friction
Lecture 7
- Problem solving
Lecture 8
- Viscosity and drag
Lecture 9
– Drag forces in cells
Lecture 10
- Work, kinetic energy
Lecture 11
- Conservative forces
Lecture 12
- Centre of mass and collisions
Lecture 13
- Rotational kinematics
Lecture 14
- Angular acceleration
Lecture 15
- Angular momentum and torque
Lecture 16
- Moments of inertia
Lecture 17
- Rotational work and energy
Lecture 18+19
- Statics
Lecture 20
- Oscillatory motion and pendula
Lecture 21
- More on oscillations
Lecture 22
- Standing and travelling waves
Lecture 23
- Beats and Doppler shift
Lecture 24
- Power and intensity
Lecture 25
- Pressure
Lecture 26
- Pascal's principle
Lecture 27
- Buoyancy and fluid flow
Lecture 28
- Bernoulli's equation
Lecture 29
- Viscosity
Lecture 29x
- Viscosity expanded version
Lecture 30
- Random walks
Lecture 30x
- Random walks expanded version
Lecture 31
- Diffusion
Lecture 31x
- Diffusion expanded version
Lecture 32
- Temperature and heat
Lecture 33
- Kinetic theory of gases
Lecture 34
- Physical properties of matter
Lecture 35
- Mechanics of biomaterials
Lecture 36
- Entropy and the second law
Lecture 37
- Latent heat and specific heat
Supplement #1
- Cell sizes and structures
Supplement #2
- Movement and motors in the cell