# AP Physics C: Mechanics

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## About the Course

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.

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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, 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

Wed, May 14, 2025

12 PM Local

### AP Physics C: Mechanics Exam

This is the regularly scheduled date for the AP Physics C: Mechanics 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 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