AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism

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High School
Spring Semester
AP Physics C Mechanics (OP051) or equivalent
Corequisite: AP Calculus BC (OM4BC) or equivalent
Corequisite: Calculus C (OM42C) or equivalent
Additional Recommendations
Passing score on AP Physics 2 exam

AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism is a semester-long calculus-based physics course designed to be equivalent to an introductory university-level physics course when taken in conjunction with AP Physics C: Mechanics (OP051). In this course, the main focus is on electricity and magnetism, including exploration of electrostatic force, electric fields, electric potential, simple circuits, magnetic fields, induction, and EM Waves. By completing lab work (a combination of at-home labs and virtual labs), students reinforce their understanding of concepts, gain hands-on experimentation experience, and develop their written communication skills. This course prepares students for the AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism exam, though the scope of the course is not limited exclusively to the AP curriculum. Prior completion of AP Calculus BC is advantageous but not required.

Related course: Students also have the option of doing additional laboratory work during the summer at Stanford (see OPL50 – Physics Lab)

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