• AP Physics C
    Fundamentals of Physics Textbook


    Detailed course information and assignments are available 
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    AP Physics C Syllabus

     I. Newtonian Mechanics

          A. Kinematics (including vectors, vector algebra, components of vectors,
                coordinate systems, displacement, velocity, and acceleration)

               1. Motion in one dimension

               2. Motion in two dimensions including projectile motion

          B. Newton's laws of motion (including friction and centripetal force)

               1. Static equilibrium (first law)

               2. Dynamics of a single particle (second law)

               3. Systems of two or more bodies (third law)

          C. Work, energy, power

               1. Work and work-energy theorem

               2. Forces and potential energy

               3. Conservation of energy

               4. Power

          D. Systems of particles, linear momentum

               1. Center of mass

               2. Impulse and momentum

               3. Conservation of linear momentum, collisions

          E. Circular motion and rotation

               1. Uniform circular motion

               2. Torque and rotational statics
               3. Rotational kinematics and dynamics
                4. Angular momentum and its conservation 

          F. Oscillations and gravitation

               1. Simple harmonic motion (dynamics and energy relationships)

               2. Mass on a spring

               3. Pendulum and other oscillations

               4. Newton's law of gravity

               5. Orbits of planets and satellites

                   (1) Circular

                   (2) General

    II. Electricity and Magnetism

          A. Electrostatics

               1. Charge and Coulomb's Law

               2. Electric field and electric potential (including point charges)

               3. Gauss's Law

               4. Fields and potentials of other charge distributions

          B. Conductors, capacitors, dielectrics

               1. Electrostatics with conductors

               2. Capacitors

                   (1) Capacitance 
                   (2) Parallel plate

                   (3) Spherical and cylindrical

               3. Dielectrics

          C. Electric circuits

               1. Current, resistance, power

               2. Steady-state direct current circuits with batteries and resistors only

               3. Capacitors in circuits

                   (1) Steady state

                   (2) Transients in RC circuits

          D. Magnetostatics

               1. Forces on moving charges in magnetic fields

               2. Forces on current-carrying wires in magnetic fields

               3. Fields of long current-carrying wires

               4. Biot-Savart Law and Ampere's Law

          E. Electromagnetism

               1. Electromagnetic induction (including Faraday's Law and Lenz's Law)

               2. Inductance (including LR and LC circuits)

               3. Maxwell's equations