The Physics C: Mechanics course is equivalent to a one-semester, calculus-based, college-level physics course. It is especially appropriate for students planning to specialize or major in physical science or engineering. The course explores topics such as kinematics; Newton's laws of motion; work, energy and power; systems of particles and linear momentum; circular motion and rotation; and oscillations and gravitation. Introductory differential and integral calculus is used throughout the course.
Laboratory Requirement and Lab Notebooks
Laboratory experience must be part of the education of AP Physics C students and should be included in all AP Physics courses. Colleges may require students to present their laboratory materials from AP science courses before granting college credit for laboratory, so students are encouraged to retain their laboratory notebooks, reports, and other materials.
Essential Course Resources
Physics C: Mechanics Course Overview
The two-page Course Overview provides a succinct description of the course and exam.
AP Physics C: Mechanics Frequently Asked QuestionsFind answers to common questions about the course, exam, and AP Course Audit.
Learning Objectives for AP Physics
The Learning Objectives for AP Physics are intended to elaborate on the content outline for Physics C. In addition to content areas, objectives are also included for laboratory skills.
Two Perspectives on AP Physics CThe Course Perspective provides two teachers' perspectives and their approaches to teaching the course.
CB Standards for Science Success
The CB Standards for Science Success outlines the prior knowledge and skills necessary for students to be successful in an AP Science course.
College Board Store
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AP and Higher Education
Higher Education professionals play a key role developing AP courses and exams, setting credit and placement policies, and scoring student work. The AP Higher Ed site features information on recruitment and admission, advising and placement, and more.
This chart shows recommended scores for granting credit, and how much credit should be awarded, for each AP course. Your students can look up credit and placement policies for colleges and universities on the AP Credit Policy search.
Meet the current Development Committee for AP Physics C: Mechanics.