AP Physics C

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AP Physics C Exam

Each of the AP Physics C courses equates to 1 semester of college level work. If both courses are being taught, then Mechanics is usually first. Each class must have a hands-on laboratory component, with at least 20% of instructional time spent in the lab. Students are expected to complete lab reports and keep a lab notebook. The Mechanics course covers 6 content areas and the Electricity and Magnetism course covers 5 content areas.

Mechanics Content Areas:
1.) Kinematics
2.) Newton’s laws of motion
3.) Work, energy & power
4.) Systems of particles & linear momentum
5.) Circular motion & rotation
6.) Oscillations & gravitation

Electricity and Magnetism Content Areas:
1.) Electrostatics
2.) Conductors & dielectrics
3.) Electric circuits
4.) Magnetic fields
5.) Electromagnetism

Exam Format:
Each of the Physics C exams are 90 minutes long. This time is split equally between the multiple choice free response. Each test has 35 multiple choice questions and 3 free response questions.

The AP Physics free response section includes a table of information and a table of frequently used equations. Students are expected to show their work on the FRQ’s and partial credit is awarded for partial solutions. Not showing work can result in a loss of credit, even if the answer is correct. Crossed-out work is not evaluated.

When is the AP Physics C Exam?

The AP Physics C: Mechanics exam date for the 2017/2018 school year is Monday, May 14th 2018 at 12 p.m.

The AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism exam date is Monday, May 14th 2018 at 2 p.m. These tests are offered once per year.