# AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism

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## About the Course

Explore concepts such as electrostatics, conductors, capacitors and dielectrics, electric circuits, magnetic fields, and electromagnetism. You’ll do hands-on laboratory work and in-class activities to investigate phenomena and use calculus to solve problems.

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## AP Physics Revisions 2024-25

We revised the 4 AP Physics courses and exams for the 2024-25 school year.

## Skills You'll Learn

• Creating representations that depict physical phenomena

• Conducting analyses to derive, calculate, estimate, or predict

• Describing experimental procedures, analyzing data, and supporting claims

## Equivalency and Prerequisites

### College Course Equivalent

A semester-long, introductory calculus-based college course in physics.

### Recommended Prerequisites

You should have taken a calculus-based Newtonian physics course, such as AP Physics C: Mechanics or its equivalent. You should also have taken or be concurrently taking calculus.

## Exam Date

Thu, May 15, 2025

12 PM Local

### AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism Exam

This is the regularly scheduled date for the AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism Exam.

## About the Units

The course content outlined below is organized into commonly taught units of study that provide one possible sequence for the course. Your teacher may choose to organize the course content differently based on local priorities and preferences.

## Course Content

### Unit 8: Electric Charges, Fields, and Gauss’s Law

You’ll begin your study of the electric force with an exploration of electric charges.

Topics may include:

• Coulomb’s Law
• Electric fields due to point charges or combinations of charges
• Electric Flux and Gauss’s Law
• Electric fields of charge distributions

On The Exam

15%–25% of multiple-choice score

### Uint 9: Electric Potential

You’ll continue your study by analyzing forms of energy that occur when electric charges interact.

Topics may include:

• Electric potential
• Electric potential due to point charges and uniform fields
• Electric potential due to configurations of charge
• Energy conservation when electric charges interact with each other or electric fields

On The Exam

10%–20% of multiple-choice score

### Unit 10: Conductors and Capacitors

You’ll explore how electric charge can move through an object and the factors that affect the way charge moves.

Topics may include:

• Electrostatics with conductors
• Capacitors
• Dielectrics

On The Exam

10%–15% of multiple-choice score

### Unit 11: Electric Circuits

You’ll build on your knowledge of electrical components to investigate the nature of electric circuits and explore current, resistance, and power.

Topics may include:

• Current and resistance
• Current, resistance, and power
• Steady-state direct-current circuits with batteries and resistors only
• Gauss’s Law

On The Exam

15%–25% of multiple-choice score

### Unit 12: Magnetic Fields and Electromagnetism

You’ll begin your exploration of magnetism by learning how magnetic fields are generated, how they behave, and how they relate to electricity.

Topics may include:

• Forces on moving charges in magnetic fields
• Forces on current carrying wires in magnetic fields
• Fields of long current carrying wires
• The Biot-Savart Law and Ampère’s Law

On The Exam

10%–20% of multiple-choice score

### Unit 13: Electromagnetic Induction

You’ll build on what you’ve learned about charges, currents, and electric and magnetic fields to explore electromagnetic forces and their properties.

Topics may include:

• Electromagnetic induction (including Faraday’s Law and Lenz’s Law)
• Inductance (including LR circuits)

On The Exam

10%–20% of multiple-choice score