AP Physics C: Mechanics (Physical Science)

Course No: 3047
Subject: Science
Grade Level: 11, 12
Course Length: Year
Course Type: AP/Honors, Elective
UC/CSU Subject Approval: D
Prerequisite: Science GPA of 3.3 or successful completion of Biology, Chemistry, Physics (Physics Honors strongly recommended) and Overall GPA of 3.3 and previous or concurrent enrollment in AP Calculus AB or BC.
Criteria for Enrollment: Alternate Criteria (for appeal) – Overall GPA of 3.7 or higher and Math GPA 3.7 or higher and successful completion of Biology and Chemistry and approval of the department chair.
Fulfillments: One of two years of science; UC approved laboratory science course

The AP Physics course is equivalent in content, depth, and complexity to an introductory physics course at the college level. This course is designed to prepare the student to excel on the AP Physics C: Mechanics exams offered in May.  The course follows the AP curriculum closely. AP Physics is an in-depth, content-intensive study of physical principles that allows students the opportunity to engage hands-on in scientific experimentation.   Core units of study include kinematics, Newton’s laws, conservation laws, harmonic motion, and rotational motion.  Additional topics will vary but may include electricity & magnetism, relativity, quantum mechanics, particle physics, thermodynamics, and other advanced topics.  Use of calculus in problem solving is expected to increase as the course progresses.  Students are required to take the Advanced Placement exam in May.  Students are required to complete an assignment over the summer due on the first day of school.  This is a mathematically rigorous course which requires a solid foundation in both physics and math.

Corequisite – Students enrolling in this course must also enroll in the corresponding AP Science Laboratory course, which meets once per week for 50 minutes outside of the regular bell schedule. Meetings will occur before or after school.

*Class receives honors weighting in SI weighted GPA and UC/CSU GPA calculations