AP Physics C Syllabus

Text:  “Physics for Scientists and Engineers” by Randall D. Knight

Objectives and Course Content:

This course is designed to prepare students for the AP Physics C exam.  We will be using calculus to study Mechanics and Electricity and Magnetism in depth.  Students must be concurrently enrolled in a calculus class. This is a course for college credit so students will be expected to deliver college level effort.

Class time in this course will be used for working example problems, explaining particularly challenging topics, doing demos, and performing labs.  You will be expected to read and take notes over textbook chapters, as well as watch selected videos to prepare you for class activities.

We will cover the following topics this year.

  • Unit 1: Vectors & Energy
  • Unit 2: Gravitational and Electric Force and Field
  • Unit 3: Linear and Rotational Motion
  • Unit 4: Linear and Rotational Forces
  • Unit 5: Center of Mass, Moment of Inertia, Continuous Charge Distributions
  • Unit 6: Conservation of Linear and Angular Momentum
  • Unit 7: Work and Potential Energy
  • Unit 8: DC Circuits
  • Unit 9: Magnetic Field
  • Unit 10: Magnetic Induction
  • Unit 11: Oscillations and Maxwell’s Equations
  • Unit 12: AP Review


50% – Tests
30% – Homework (1x), Online Homework (2x), and Quizzes (3x)
20% – Labs

The final exam is 20% of the semester grade.

Materials Needed Daily for Class:

  • Notebook with paper for taking notes and storing handouts
  • Calculator (Graphing calculator is recommended, but not required)
  • Pencils and eraser


  • Official tutorial times are Tuesday and Thursday after school until 3:30.


Online homework assignments are through Quest, a service of the College of Natural Sciences at UT Austin. There will be an assignment due most Thursday nights. Assignments will be due at 11:59pm on the  due date. Directions for signing up are here.


Most of the unit tests will be of the Two Stage variety.  This means there will be an individual portion that counts for the vast majority of the grade, followed by a small group portion.  It is important to note that the group portion cannot lower your grade.  If your group scores lower than your individual score then you will keep your individual score.  More information about this test format will be discussed in class.

Make-up Work:

  • The Science department test makeups are only on Tuesdays after school.
  • Only the individual portion of the test will be made up.


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