• NCHS Science Department: Mr. Paul Reid


    (College Board Approved)

    Grade: 12

    Duration: 2 Semesters

    Prerequisite: Calculus AB or BC taken concurrently, grades in Science of 80 in honors-level or

    90 in grade level classes*; Department Approval/ Instructor Recommendation

    Credit: 0.5 per Semester

    AP Physics C is a calculus-based course that prepares a student to take the Physics Advanced Placement Examinations, Level C (both Mechanics and Electricity & Magnetism  exams).  Topics include: vectors, motion in one  dimension, motion in a plane, forces, Newton’s laws, work, energy, conservation of energy, momentum, rotational motion, oscillations, and  gravitation,  electric charge, electric field, direct current circuits, magnetism,   inductance, electromagnetic oscillations, alternating current circuits, and electromagnetic waves. Physical phenomena will be investigated in a more comprehensive nature that will include the use of calculus to account  for factors that are changing either in time or space. Advanced laboratory reports and problem sets are used to determine grades.

    Enrollment in this course involves mandatory summer reading assignment.

    Text: Physics for Scientists and Engineers, 7th Ed. Serway& Jewett, Thomson, Brooks/Cole