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The AP Physics C: Mechanics Exam

Exam Overview

AP Physics C: Mechanics Exam: 90 Minutes

The AP Physics C: Mechanics Exam includes questions posed in a laboratory or experimental setting. Questions assess understanding of content as well as experimental skills. The exam may also include questions that overlap several major topical areas or questions on miscellaneous topics, such as identification of vectors and scalars, vector mathematics, or graphs of functions.

Students will be allowed to use a calculator on the entire AP Physics C: Mechanics and AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism Exams, including both the multiple-choice and free-response sections. Scientific or graphing calculators (including the approved graphing calculators listed here) may be used, provided that they do not have any unapproved features or capabilities.

Format of Assessment

Section I: Multiple Choice | 35 Questions | 45 Minutes | 50% of Exam Score

  • Discrete Questions
  • Questions in Sets

Section II: Free Response | 3 Questions | 45 Minutes | 50% of Exam Score

  • Laboratory Based (graphing calculator permitted)
  • Discrete Questions (graphing calculator permitted)

Multiple-Choice Questions

For sample multiple-choice questions, refer to the Course Description.

Free-Response Questions

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