AP Physics C: Mechanics

Get ready to dive deep into the forces that make the world turn in AP Physics C: Mechanics. You’ll take a spin through kinematics, Newton’s laws of motion, work, energy, and power, systems of particles and linear momentum, circular motion and rotation, and oscillations and gravitation and find out why the universe works the way it does. This is a single semester course. RECOMMENDED PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of Calculus. Concurrent enrollment in Calculus is acceptable. Completion of an introductory Physics course is recommended.

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ONE-SEMESTER COURSE

Unit 1: Kinematics

  • Motion in One Dimension
  • Motion in Two Dimensions

Unit 2: Newton's Laws of Motion

  • Newton's First Law
  • Newton's Second Law
  • Newton's Third Law
  • Applications of Newton's Laws

Unit 3: Work, Energy, Power

  • Work and Work-Energy Theorem
  • Conservative Forces and Potential Energy
  • Conservation of Energy
  • Power

Unit 4: Linear Momentum

  • Center of Mass
  • Impulse and Momentum
  • Conservation of Linear Momentum, Collisions

Unit 5: Circular and Rotational Motion

  • Uniform Circular Motion
  • Angular Momentum
  • Torque and Rotational Statics
  • Rotational Kinematics and Dynamics

Unit 6: Simple Harmonic Motion

  • Simple Harmonic Motion
  • Mass on a Spring
  • Pendulum and Other Oscillations
  • Newton's Law of Gravity
  • Orbits of Planets and Satellites