To support students affected by school closures due to the coronavirus pandemic, we’re offering at-home testing for 2020 AP Exams. This means changes to some of our processes and policies. Note that these adjustments may not be reflected on all AP Students pages including this one. For the most updated information, visit Updates for AP Students Affected by Coronavirus.
You are allowed to use a four-function, scientific, or graphing calculator on the entire AP Physics C: Mechanics Exam—including both the multiple-choice and free-response sections. Check the list of approved graphing calculators (which also includes a list of devices that are not allowed).
- Bring a calculator you are familiar with. It is a good idea to bring extra batteries.
- You may bring up to 2 calculators.
- Students may not share calculators.
Equation Tables Policy
Tables containing equations commonly used in physics will be provided during the entire AP Physics C: Mechanics Exam. Because the equation tables will be provided, you will not be allowed to bring your own copies into the exam room.
Keep in mind that for solving problems and writing essays, a sophisticated scientific or graphing calculator, tables of equations, or the availability of stored equations is no substitute for a thorough grasp of the physics involved. In scoring the exam, little or no credit will be awarded for simply writing down equations or for answers unsupported by explanations or logical development.
AP Exam Calculator Policy
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AP Physics C Equation Tables
This document supplies equations commonly used in physics as well as constants, conversion factors, unit symbols, and more. This document or one like it will be provided to you on exam day for either of the AP Physics C Exams.