## Not a Student?

Go to AP Central for resources for teachers, administrators, and coordinators.

## About the Course

Have you ever thought about why you feel the downward pull of Earth but not an upward pull from the Moon? Why throwing a heavy rock forward pushes you backward? Or why the end of a stick swings down faster than a rock that is dropped? In AP Physics C: Mechanics, you’ll explore concepts such as motion, gravitation, momentum, and rotation using conceptual explanations and calculus-based mathematics.

##
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, supporting claims

## Equivalency and Prerequisites

### College Course Equivalent

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

### Recommended Prerequisites

You should have taken calculus or be taking calculus at the same time as this course.

## Exam Date

## 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 1: Kinematics **

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:

- Kinematics in one dimension
- Kinematics in two dimensions

**On The Exam**

10%–15% of multiple-choice score

###
**Unit 2: Force and Translational Dynamics**

You’ll investigate Newton’s laws of motion, which describe the relationship among moving objects and the forces acting on them.

Topics may include:

- Center of mass
- Systems
- Newton’s laws of motion: first and second law
- Circular motion
- Newton’s laws of motion: third law
- Gravitation

**On The Exam**

20%–25% of multiple-choice score

###
**Unit 3: Work, Energy, and Power**

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:

- Work–energy theorem
- Forces and potential energy
- Conservation of energy
- Power

**On The Exam**

15%–25% of multiple-choice score

###
**Unit 4: Linear Momentum**

You’ll be introduced to the concepts of impulse and momentum, and the conservation of linear momentum.

Topics may include:

- Impulse and momentum
- Conservation of linear momentum, collisions

**On The Exam**

10%–20% of multiple-choice score

###
**Unit 5: Torque and Rotational Dynamics**

You’ll gain an in-depth comprehension of rotational motion by investigating torque and rotational statics, kinematics, and dynamics.

Topics may include:

- Torque and rotational statics
- Rotational kinematics
- Rotational dynamics and energy and Newton’s second law in rotational form

**On The Exam**

10%–15% of multiple-choice score

###
**Unit 6: Energy and Momentum of Rotating Systems**

You’ll explore the energy and momentum of an object rotating around an axis and you’ll connect those concepts to their linear analogs.

Topics may include:

Rotational kinetic energy

Angular momentum

Rolling

Orbits

**On The Exam**

10%–15% of multiple-choice score

###
**Unit 7: Oscillations**

You’ll use all the tools, techniques, and models you’ve learned in previous units to analyze a new kind of motion: simple harmonic motion.

Topics may include:

Periodic motion

Pendulums

Physical Pendulums

**On The Exam**

10%–15% of multiple-choice score

Credit and Placement

## Search AP Credit Policies

Find colleges that grant credit and/or placement for AP Exam scores in this and other AP courses.

## Course Resources

## See Where AP Can Take You

AP Physics C: Mechanics can lead to a wide range of careers and college majors