Welcome, AP Teachers! The Physics C: Mechanics course is equivalent to a one-semester, calculus-based, college-level physics course. It is especially appropriate for students planning to specialize or major in physical science or engineering. The course explores topics such as kinematics; Newton's laws of motion; work, energy and power; systems of particles and linear momentum; circular motion and rotation; and oscillations and gravitation. Introductory differential and integral calculus is used throughout the course.
Essential Course Resources
This is the core document for this course. It clearly lays out the course content and describes the exam and the AP program in general.
Laboratory Requirement and Lab Notebooks
Laboratory experience must be part of the education of AP Physics C students and should be included in all AP Physics courses. Colleges may require students to present their laboratory materials from AP science courses before granting college credit for laboratory, so students are encouraged to retain their laboratory notebooks, reports, and other materials.
More Course Resources
The two-page Course Overview (.pdf/947KB) provides a succinct description of the course and exam.
The FAQ answers commonly asked questions about the course and exam.
The Learning Objectives for AP Physics (.pdf/518KB) are intended to elaborate on the content outline for Physics C. In addition to content areas, objectives are also included for laboratory skills.
The Course Perspective provides two teachers' perspectives and their approaches to teaching the course.
The CB Standards for Science Success (.pdf/4.41MB) outlines the prior knowledge and skills necessary for students to be successful in an AP Science course.
The Teacher Community allows you to discuss teaching strategies, share resources, and connect with other educators.
Essential Exam Resources
The Exam Information page has full details about the current exam and provides access to former test questions.
The Free-Response Questions index provides questions from the most recent exam and exams from previous years.
You can access a full practice exam by logging in to your AP Course Audit account.
Access online score reports for your students.
More Exam Resources
The 1998 Released Exam is a resource you might use with your students throughout the year.
Refer to our calculator policies to make sure you and your students know what calculators are permitted.
Familiarize yourself with the multiple-choice scoring change that was implemented in May 2011.
AP Course Audit Information
The AP Course Audit provides teachers and administrators with clear guidelines on curricular and resource requirements, textbook recommendations, and more. All schools wishing to label a course "AP" must submit a subject-specific AP Course Audit form and the course syllabus for each teacher of that AP course. Your course page has course planning resources, such as curricular requirements, syllabus development guides, sample syllabi, and more.
Benefits of Becoming an Authorized AP Teacher
Inclusion of authorized courses on the AP Course Ledger so that colleges and universities can verify student transcripts
Feedback on your syllabus
Access to secure practice exams
Visit the AP Course Audit site to log in or create an account.
The College Board offers both face-to-face and online professional development workshops, available for new and experienced AP teachers as well as AP coordinators and administrators. Led by experienced instructors, subject-specific AP workshops provide educators with the support and training needed to develop effective strategies for teaching an AP course.
Our Annual Offerings
June–August: One-week AP Summer Institutes are offered at different sites throughout the country, providing an in-depth look at the course and exam.
September–April: One-day workshops are offered.
Search for an upcoming AP Physics C: Mechanics workshop to register.
The Teacher Community lets you share resources and teaching strategies with fellow educators.
The Classroom Resources page provides a diverse selection of supplemental materials, including lesson plans and teaching strategies, from the College Board and your AP colleagues.
The AP Physics C: Mechanics Student page has valuable information and resources for your students.
College Board Store
Find AP Physics C: Mechanics publications, released exams, and more in the College Board Store.
AP and Higher Education
Higher Education professionals play a key role developing AP courses and exams, setting credit and placement policies, and scoring student work. The AP Higher Ed site features information on recruitment and admission, advising and placement, and more.
This chart shows recommended scores for granting credit, and how much credit should be awarded, for each AP course. Your students can look up credit and placement policies for colleges and universities on the AP Credit Policy search.
Meet the current Development Committee for AP Physics C: Mechanics.