PHYS 101

General Physics I (Mechanics)


Course Coordinator: Prof. Dr. Ramazan Aydın   

Instructors: Prof. Dr. Ramazan Aydın, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Hüseyin Oymak, Assist. Prof. Dr. Yasemin Saraç, Assist. Prof. Dr. Filiz Korkmaz Özkan, Inst. Dr. Mehmet Işık

Laboratory Assistants: Seda Kayra Güllü, Elif Sarıgül, Bilge Can Yıldız Karakul, Ümit Alkuş (part time), Yakup Pekön (part time)

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Language of the course: English

Course objective: The goal of this course is to establish the first bridge between physics and engineering and to apply physics in defining, modeling, and solving engineering problems for the first time in the engineering student’s career. To this end, the student is provided with the calculus-based concepts of mechanics.

Course hours: 3-hour lectures + 3-hour laboratory practices

Course credits: 4 (3,2,0)


  1. Course Book:
    • Principles of Physics by Halliday, Resnick, and Walker (9th  Edition), John Wiley (2011)


  1. Supplementary Books:
    • Physics for Scientists & Engineers by Giancoli (4th Edition), Pearson – Prentice Hall (2009)
    • Physics for Scientists and Engineers by Knight (2nd Edition), Pearson – Addison Wesley (2008)
    • Physics for Scientists and Engineers by Jewett and Serway (8th Edition), Brooks / Cole Cengage Learning (2010)
    • University Physics by Bauer and Westfall, McGraw – Hill  (2011)
    • Sears and Zemansky’s University Physics by Young and Freedman (12th Edition), Pearson – Addison Wesley (2008)

Contents of the course:

  1. Measurement
  2. Motion along a straight line
  3. Vectors
  4. Motion in two and three dimensions
  5. Force and motion I
  6. Force and motion II
  7. Kinetic energy and work;
  8. Potential energy and conservation of energy
  9. Center of mass and linear momentum
  10. Rotation
  11. Rolling, torque, and angular momentum
  12. Static equilibrium


  • First Midterm:              20%
  • Second Midterm:        25%
  • Final Exam:                35%
  • Laboratory work:        20%

Laboratory regulations:

  • A student who does not attend the laboratory is to be graded zero.
  • You are given a quiz within the first 5 minutes of each laboratory session. If you happen to be late more than 5 minutes, you cannot take that quiz.
  • A medical report (approved by the Senate of the University) is mandatory in order to have the right of attending a make-up laboratory session.
  • You are not allowed to attend a laboratory session if you happen to be late more than 15 minutes.
  • Only those who obtain at least 12 points, out of 20, are considered successful. The others will fail in both the laboratory work and the course.
  • You cannot eat, drink, or smoke during any laboratory session.
  • You must bring your own laboratory manual, laboratory report, and calculator. You cannot use your mobile phone as a calculator.
  • Try not to use your mobile phone in any laboratory session. It is best to close it, except an emergency happens to befall you.
  • All grades are periodically announced. Keep on checking regularly all your grades. Objections are to be considered only at office hours and in two weeks after the first announcement.
  • If you fail to meet the regulations listed above, you will fail in the laboratory work and the course, as well.

Laboratory evaluation:

  • 5 points for quizzes
  • 15 points for reports.




Pre-study Pages


- Measurement

pp.1-7 (whole chapter)

Laboratory Manual, Introduction


- Motion along a straight line

pp.13-18 (until the end of Section 2.5)


- Vectors

pp.38-42 (until the end of Section 3.4)


- Motion in two and three dimensions

pp.58-63 (until the end of Section 4.4)


- Force and motion I

pp.87-92 (until the end of Section 5.6)


- Force and motion II

pp.116-119 (until the end of Section 6.3)


- Kinetic Energy and work

pp.140-144 (until the end of Section 7.5)


- Potential Energy and Conservation of Energy

pp.166-169 (until the end of Section 8.3)


- Center of mass and linear momentum

pp.201-204 (until the end of Section 9.2)


- Center of mass and linear momentum (cont.)




- Rotation

pp.241-247 (until the end of Section 10.4)


- Rotation (cont.)

- Rolling, torque and angular momentum


pp.275-277 (until the end of Section 11.3)


- Rolling, torque and angular momentum (cont.)



- Rolling, torque and angular momentum (cont.)

- Static equilibrium


pp.305-307 (until the end of Section 12.3)


General learning outcomes of the course:

  1. Understand and apply the methods of solving elementary mechanics problems that lead to the first insights into the rudiments of related fields in engineering sciences.
  2. Understand conceptuallly topics of mechanics and apply them to basic engineering problems.
  3. Apply and integrate the basic physical sciences and the principles of engineering sciences into a working practical knowledge.
  4. Enhance the student’s ability and motivation to solve seemingly difficult problems in various fields.
  5. Provide the student with a fruitful and friendly introduction to the subject by giving them the opportunity to establish conceptual relations between mechanics and a wide range of topics in engineering disciplines.