AP Physics C
Welcome to the home page of AP Physics C. Physics C is a calculus-based course consisting of two semester courses: Mechanics and Electricity and Magnetism. Mechanics is taught during the fall semester while E&M is taught during the spring. One item of note is that each semester has its own AP Exam. This means that students need to prepare for the cost of two exams not just one. Typically students who take and pass one exam get 4 hours of college credit while those who take both receive 8 hours. This course is not intended for the faint of heart and it does require strong math skills as well as a reasonable time commitment. We do review throughout the year so that the Mechanics material stays fresh until the testing in May.
Prerequisites from mathematics for this course are Algebra I, II, Geometry, and AT LEAST Pre-Calculus. It is preferred for students to have either had AP Calculus or AP Physics B before enrolling. While I have had student enroll concurrently in Physics C and BC Calculus, they will tell you it is very difficult to be successful. For science it is highly recommended that the student have either Honors Physics or Physics B before the course begins.