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 “AB 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 workenergy
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.