AP Physics C

Catalogue Description: Exploration of the laws of mechanics and wave motion using calculus to analyze practical and theoretical problems.

Students the Course is Expected to Serve:

1. Students who are preparing for the AP Physics C Exam to obtain university credit.
2. Intended for students majoring in Engineering or Physics and for those continuing in science programs at four-year institutions.

Course Objectives: These course objectives are intended to elaborate on the content outline for Physics C. In addition to the content areas, objectives are included for laboratory skills, which have become an important part of the AP Physics C Exams. The AP Physics C course is designed to be the equivalent of a two-semester college introductory physics course. Students who do well on the AP Physics C exam may qualify for college credit and/or may be exempt from taking freshman-level physics courses depending on their college or university.

1. Recognize the role of vectors and how they are used to analyze the dynamics of single particles.
2. Understand Newton’s Laws of motion and apply these laws to problems involving translation, circular motion and momentum.
3. Demonstrate the ability to formulate problems using the concept of energy and its conservation.
4. Understand two particle collisions in one and two dimensions and apply the appropriate conservation laws.
5. Evaluate rotational systems applying the concepts of moment of inertia, torque and angular momentum.
6. Understand small oscillations and analyze vibrating systems.
7. Analyze the properties of fluids.
8. Understand the mechanics of wave motion.

Student Learning Outcomes: In accordance to the AP Physics C curriculum, upon satisfactory completion of the course, students will be able to:

A. Express quantities in British and metric units.
B. Solve for displacement. velocit. and acceleration in mechanics problems.
C. Solve problems by expressing dynamic properties using vector notation.
D. Analyze particle trajectories.
E. Solve problems involving circular motion.
F. Analyze problems using relative frames of reference.
G. Solve problems using Newton’s Three Laws of Motion.
H. Calculate work, energy (potential/kinetic), and power. Relate these calculations to conservative and non-conservative systems.
I. Analyze collisions of two particles in one and two dimensions. Calculate impulse, and know how to apply principles of momentum conservation.
J. Solve for moments of inertia, angular velocity, angular acceleration, and torque in rotating systems.
K. Analyze systems in static equilibrium.
L. Solve problems involving the elastic properties of solids.
M. Analyze systems involving fluids using bernoulli’s equation.
N. Calculate ave properties in systems involving small oscillations.
O. Perform experiments in mechanics and wave motion and apply techniques of error analysis in analyzing the results.
P. Apply the principles of mechanics and kinematics to explain events in the real world.

Topical Outline:

1. Physics and Measurement
2. Motion in One Dimension
3. Vectors
4. Motion in Two Dimensions
5. Particle Dynamics
6. Circular Motion and Other Applications Of Newton’s Laws
7. Energy of a System
8. Conservation of Energy
9. Linear Momentum and Collisions
10. Rotational of a Rigid Object About a Fixed Axis

A more detailed breakdown of topics and curriculum online can be found here.