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AP PHYSICS C: MECHANICS COURSE SYLLABUS COURSE: AP Physics C: Mechanics TEACHER: Mr. Schwarz TEXTS: Fundamentals of Physics, Halliday & Resnick 10 th Edition COURSE DESCRIPTION: AP Physics C: Mechanics is taught according to Keyport High School’s “A-B Block” schedule. Classes are 80 minutes per day, every other day for the full duration of the school year. Labs will be performed once every two calendar weeks, or once out of every five class periods. Unit exams will follow the format of the AP exam, with a timed multiple choice section and free response section. These exams will be scored in the same manner as the AP exam. COURSE CONTENT: AP Physics C: Mechanics is an Advanced Placement science course equivalent to an introductory college physics course that uses a calculus approach to study the topics in Newtonian Mechanics of kinematics, Newton's Laws, energy, momentum, gravitation and rotation. Methods of calculus are used wherever appropriate in formulating physical principles and in applying them to physical problems. This course is designed for students aspiring to be physics or engineering majors. All enrolled students must have previously earned a minimum average of 88 in physics and be concurrently enrolled in calculus. A teacher recommendation is also required. OUTLINE OF TOPICS a. Kinematics – 5.5 weeks i. Measurement ii. Motion in one dimension iii. Motion in two dimensions iv. Test b. Newton’s Laws of Motion – 6 weeks i. Static equilibrium ii. Dynamics of a single particle iii. Systems of two or more bodies iv. Friction v. Test c. Work, Energy, Power – 4 weeks i. Work and work-energy theorem ii. Conservative forces and potential energy iii. Conservation of energy iv. Power v. Test d. Systems of particles, linear momentum – 3.5 weeks i. Center of mass ii. Impulse and Momentum iii. Conservation of Linear Momentum, collisions iv. Test e. Circular Motion – 5.5 weeks i. Uniform circular motion ii. Torque and rotational statics iii. Rotational kinematics and dynamics iv. Angular momentum and its conservation v. Test f. Oscillations and Gravitation – 5.5 weeks i. Simple harmonic motion (dynamics and energy relationships) ii. Mass on a spring iii. Pendulum and other oscillations iv. Newton’s law of gravitation v. Orbits of planets and other bodies vi. Test
g. Review and AP Exam – 3 weeks h. Final Project – 6 weeks COURSE REQUIREMENTS This is the method on how your final marking period grade will be determined. - Major Assignments (50%) - Minor Assignments (35%) - Homework (15%) 1. AP EXAM – The AP Physics C: Mechanics exam is scheduled for May 9, 2016 at Noon. It is required that you take the AP Physics exam. You have signed up to take an AP course so you should take the AP exam. Generally, a score of three, or higher on the AP exam can translate into college credit.

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