AP® Physics C: Mechanics

  • Name:

    AP® Physics C: Mechanics (PHYS500)

  • Department:


  • Credits:

    1.0 (yearlong course)

  • Suggested Prerequisites:

    Pre-Calculus Honors (MATH450) & Physics (PHYS400); a grade of an 85% or higher in the subject area course taken the previous year

AP® Physics C: Mechanics


2019-2020 ONLY

This two-semester course covers calculus-based physics material taught in the first semester of college and prepares the student to pass the AP® Physics C: Mechanics Exam. Topics introduced in PHYS400 are explored in more depth and detail. This course will cover kinematics; Newton's Laws; work, energy, and power; linear momentum; circular motion, rotation, oscillations, and gravity. The course utilizes hands-on labs, computer simulations, and lab videos to give students important laboratory experience. Videos and computer simulations are also used extensively as an aid in teaching biology concepts. Students taking the course should expect a challenging and rigorous academic experience.

Special Notes:

If you are planning to take the AP® exam associated with this course, then be aware that beginning in Fall 2019 the College Board requires that all students register in October of each school year to take the exam which is held in early May. You must make your decision early. There are penalties associated with late registration and with registering and then deciding not to take the exam at a later date. Please plan accordingly. For more information or if you have more questions, please visit https://apcentral.collegeboard.org. Once on the site search Home-Schooled Students to find information on locating testing locations near you.


Are you craving a course that is equivalent to a one-semester, calculus-based, college-level physics course? Are you planning to specialize or major in physical science or engineering? This 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. Do you feel confident with your introductory differential and integral calculus skills and what to apply them? Are you ready to be challenged in a rigorous course where you will apply the mathematics that you have learned and see how math is written into all of creation? Ready to take your Physics learning to the next level? If you answered “yes” to these questions, then it sounds like AP® Physics C: Mechanics is the course for you. You will learn more than just physics as you venture into the challenging world of AP® Physics C: Mechanics. It is an opportunity to investigate the designed, dynamic, and diverse world that God has graciously created for each of us to explore. If you are ready, come join us.

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Student Feedback

Videos help to explain and clarify certain confusions.


I was astounded by the precision of the universe that we learned about in this class.


It is really interesting to see how the concepts all fit together.

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