AP Physics C

Students will combine mathematical and scientific thinking to develop an in-depth understanding of topics within mechanics and electricity and magnetism. By integrating the ideas of calculus, laboratory skills, and scientific information, students will develop a foundation for further study in the physical sciences and engineering.

What are the major projects you will complete in this course?

Students will complete two projects: One during the first semester; another during the second semester.

Advanced Placement exam is available for this course.

Advanced Placement (AP) exams are available for this course. For more information on Advanced Placement, click here

Course Details

Nathan Belcher

"You should take this course if at the university level you plan to study any of the physical sciences or engineering, or you enjoy combining mathematical and scientific thinking to develop a more complete understanding of the universe and."

AP Physics C

ID: 444030 Grade: 11-12 Length: Year
Credit: Physical Science
Prerequisite: Semester I grade of B or higher in AP Physics 1 or AT Computational Physics; or Semester I grade of B+ or higher in Physics, plus completion or concurrent enrollment in AP Calculus AB or AP Calculus BC
Note: This course has a grade point weighting of 0.5.

AP Physics C is a rigorous calculus-based physics course for those students planning on higher studies in science or engineering. It is equivalent to an introductory college-level physics course for science majors. The first semester covers the following topics in Newtonian mechanics: the laws of motion, energy, momentum, oscillations and gravitation. Topics in the second semester include electricity and magnetism: electrostatics (including Gauss’s Law), electric circuits, magnetostatics (including Ampere’s Law) and electromagnetism (including Faraday’s Law) and Maxwell’s equations. Students who are successful in this course are prepared to sit for both portions of the AP Physics C examination. Students will be prepared for and strongly encouraged to sit for the AP exam in May.

Results that Matter


Advanced Placement (AP) courses and exams


of 3's, 4's, and 5's received in AP exams in 2018


Advanced Topics (AT) courses


of the Class of 2018 graduates were awarded cum laude commendations

What Our Alumni Say


It's true that this course isn't easy. Though definitely one of the most hardest courses I've taken in high school, AP Physics C was also one of the most enjoyable. A lot of the times, I was applying learned concepts to challenging situations, which is what makes this class so fun. Through this course, you'll also learn how to digest concepts that are not obvious at first, which really prepares you for college.

Annie Kim, Class of 2018