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AP Physics C - Course Syllabus
Important AP Physics Dates
Text:   Physics for Scientists and Engineers, 7th ed. by Raymond Serway & John Jewett
Objectives: Mechanics, Electricity & Magnetism
Astonomy and Physics Tutorials
Mr. Milligan's favorite internet Links for physics

AP Test Content
AP Exam Info and Equation Sheet
Course Description ("Acorn" Book)
Click here for more Physics C info from the College Board.
Practice Free Response Questions from previous exams. (Index to the questions)

Lab Information and Homework Requirements

Listed below are the various units of study and related documents and links.

Part 1 - Mechanics

Kinematics - Quantifying Linear Motion
    Objectives & Homework
    Example Problems
    Functions Overview - summary of important types of equations
    Kinematics Lab - accelerating and decelerating cart

Advanced Kinematics - Motion with Vectors and Calculus
    Objectives & Homework
    Example Problems
    Adv Kinematics Lab - nonuniform motion
    Projectile Lab - mini-launcher & parametric equations
    Free Throw - the physics of a free throw that swishes! (just for fun)
    Multiple Choice Practice

Dynamics - Forces and Newton's Laws of Motion
    Objectives & Homework
    Example Problems
    Multiple Choice Practice
    2nd Law Lab
    Air Resistance Lab
    TI-89 Air Resistance Program
    Air Resistance Graphs - a comparison of different modeling approaches

Circular Motion and Gravity - Centripetal Force & Acceleration, Newton's Law of Universal Gravitation
    Objectives & Homework
    Example Problems
    Orbit Simulation Lab
    Multiple Choice Practice

Work & Energy - an Alternative to Newton's Laws
    Objectives & Homework
    Example Problems
    Multiple Choice Practice
    Energy Lab

Linear Momentum - Systems of Particles, Center of Mass, etc.
    Objectives & Homework
    Example Problems
    Multiple Choice Practice
    Free Response Practice

Rotation - Spinning Objects: Angular Kinematics, Dynamics, Energy, & Momentum
    Objectives & Homework
    Example Problems
    Multiple Choice Practice
    Rotation Lab

Equilibrium & Oscillation - Statics & Simple Harmonic Motion
    Objectives & Homework
    Multiple Choice Practice
    Equilibrium Overview
    Simple Harmonic Motion Overview

Final Exam - Mechanics
    Infomation - Format, What to Expect, etc.
    Free Response Practice - Actual AP exam questions from the College Board


Part 2 - Electricity & Magnetism

Electrostatics - Coulomb's Law and Electric Fields
    Objectives & Homework
    Example Problems
    Electrostatics Lab

Electric Flux and Potential - Gauss's Law, Work and Energy for Charge
    Objectives & Homework
    Example Problems
    Virtual Potential and Field Lab
    Multiple Choice Practice

Electric Current and Circuits - Resistance, Ohm's Law, Series & Parallel Connections, etc.
    Objectives & Homework
    Example Problems
    The Digital Multimeter - a Primer
    Resistance and Resistivity Lab
    Circuit Lab
    Multiple Choice Practice

Capacitance - Capacitors, RC Circuits
    Objectives & Homework
    Example Problems
    RC Circuit Lab
    Multiple Choice Practice

Magnetostatics - Magnetic Fields, Forces on Charge or Current, Biot-Savart Law, Ampere's Law
    Objectives & Homework
    Current Balance Lab
    Solenoid Lab
    Multiple Choice Practice

Induction and Inductance - Faraday's Law, Maxwell's Equations, Inductors, RL & LC Circuits
    Objectives & Homework
    Multiple Choice Practice




AP Physics Due Dates and Test Dates
Mon 18 Aug Kinematics Probs 1 - 19
Thu 21 Aug Kinematics Probs 20 - 42
Mon 25 Aug Kinematics Quiz
Mon 25 Aug Kinematics Lab
Fri 29 Aug Adv Kinematics Probs 1 - 25
Fri 5 Sept Projectile Lab
Mon 8 Sept Adv Kinematics Probs 26 - 35
Wed 10 Sept Adv Kinematics Test
Tue 16 Sept Dynamics Probs 1 - 26
Fri 26 Sept Dynamics Probs 27 - 44
Tue 30 Sept Dynamics Test
Wed 1 Oct Air Drag Lab
? 2nd Law Lab
? Circular Motion & Grav Probs 1 - 18
? Circular Motion & Grav Probs 19 - 36
? Orbit Simulation Lab
? Circular Motion & Gravity Assessment
? Work & Energy Probs 1 - 23
? Work & Energy Probs 24 - 40
? Energy Test
? Energy Lab
? Momentum Probs 1 - 23
? Momentum Probs 24 - 40
? Momentum Quiz
? Rotation Probs 1 - 25
? Rotation Probs 26 - 49
? Rotation Quiz
? Equilibrium & SHM Probs 1 - 30 (Optional)
? Final Exam
Thu 16 Jan Electrostatics Probs 1 - 24
Fri 17 Jan Electrostatics Lab
Thu 23 Jan Electrostatics Probs 25 - 42
Mon 27 Jan Electrostatics Quiz
Wed 5 Feb Flux and Potential Probs 1 - 25
Tue 18 Feb Virtual Potential and Field Lab
Wed 19 Feb Flux and Potential Probs 26 - 46
Fri 21 Feb Electrostatics and Potential Test
Fri 28 Feb Current and Circuits Probs 1 - 21
Tue 4 Mar Resistance and Resistivity Lab
Fri 7 Mar Current and Circuits Probs 22 - 46
Thu 13 Mar Current and Circuits Test
Tue 25 Mar DC Circuits Lab
Thu 27 Mar Capacitance Probs 1 - 22
Mon 31 Mar Capacitance Quiz
Fri 4 Apr RC Circuit Lab
Tue 8 Apr Magnetostatics Probs 1 - 18
? Current Balance Lab
Tue 15 Apr Magnetostatics Probs 19 - 40
Thu 17 Apr Solenoid Lab
Tue 22 Apr Magnetostatics Assessment
Tue 29 Apr Induction and Inductance Probs 1 - 23
Mon 12 May Induction and Inductance Probs 24 - 41
Mon 12 May AP Exams - Physics C, Mechanics and Electricity & Magnetism
Wed 14 May Final Exam (Seniors)
Tue 20 May Final Exam (Juniors)