# AP® Physics C: Mechanics

## Course Summary

Find out why the universe works the way it does. In this calculus-based course, students examine key physics concepts including kinematics, Newton’s laws of motion, systems of particles and linear momentum, circular motion and rotation, oscillations and gravitation, and more. Learn the scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies required to identify and analyze physics problems that model both real and ideal situations.

This course prepares students for the AP® Physics C: Mechanics exam.

**Course Prerequisite(s):**Calculus

## Curriculum

This is a 1-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