AP Physics C: Mechanics
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Explore concepts such as kinematics; Newton’s laws of motion, work, energy, and power; systems of particles and linear momentum; rotation; oscillations; and gravitation. You’ll do hands-on laboratory work and in-class activities to investigate phenomena and use calculus to solve problems. Note: Save your lab notebooks and reports; colleges may ask to see them before granting you credit.
Interpreting and describing visual representations of physical situations
Coming up with a hypothesis and designing an experiment to test it
Creating graphs and diagrams to represent data and physical situations
Analyzing data shown in a graph
Determining the relationship between physical qualities
Solving physics problems using mathematical relationships
Developing and supporting a scientific claim with evidence
A semester-long, introductory calculus-based college course in physics
You should have taken calculus or be taking calculus at the same time as this course
Mon, May 11, 2020,
12 PM ET
May 11 is the updated 2020 date for the AP Physics C: Mechanics Exam.
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.
You’ll begin your study of motion and the quantities associated with the motion of an object: position, velocity, acceleration, and time.
Topics may include:
14%–20% of multiple-choice score
You’ll investigate Newton’s laws of motion, which describe the relationship among moving objects and the forces acting on them.
Topics may include:
17%–23% of multiple-choice score
You’ll learn to define and calculate work, energy, and power and become familiar with the principle of conservation as a foundational model of physics.
Topics may include:
14%–17% of multiple-choice score
You’ll be introduced to the concepts of center of mass, impulse and momentum, and the conservation of linear momentum.
Topics may include:
14%–17% of multiple-choice score
You’ll gain an in-depth comprehension of rotational motion by investigating torque and rotational statics, kinematics, and dynamics.
Topics may include:
14%–20% of multiple-choice score
You’ll explore the forces that cause objects to repeat their motions with a regular pattern.
Topics may include:
6%–14% of multiple-choice score
You’ll investigate gravitational forces and the relationships shared between planets, satellites, and their orbits.
Topics may include:
6%–14% of multiple-choice score
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