AP® Physics C

This course is designed to fit into the college sequence to serve as the physics foundation for students majoring in the physical sciences or engineering. The sequence runs parallel to or is followed by mathematics courses that include calculus. Methods of calculus are used in formulating physical principles and applying them to physical problems. The sequence is more intensive and analytical than in the case of the AP® Physics I course. Strong emphasis is placed on solving a variety of challenging problems, some requiring calculus as well as continuing to develop a deep understanding of physics concepts. The course covers two major areas, namely mechanics, and electricity and magnetism, with equal emphasis on both. This is equivalent to two semesters of engineering physics in most major colleges. Two separate AP® exams are associated with this course. One exam covers mechanics, and the other covers electricity and magnetism. Students taking this course take both exams, but separate grades are reported for each. This course requires two class periods and meets six class periods per six-day cycle. Students may take this course with departmental approval. (Full year, 1 credit)