AP Physics C: Mechanics

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High School
Fall Semester
Honors Physics (OP005) or equivalent
Corequisite: AP Calculus BC (OM4BC) or equivalent
Additional Recommendations
Passing score on AP Physics 1 exam

AP Physics C: Mechanics 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: Electricity and Magnetism (OP053). In this course, students explore mechanics, including study of kinematics, force, circular motion, momentum, energy, rotation, gravitation, and simple harmonic oscillation. 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 Mechanics 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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