AP® Physics C: Mechanics (PHYS500)
1.0 (yearlong course)
Pre-Calculus Honors (MATH450) & Physics (PHYS400); a grade of an 85% or higher in the subject area course taken the previous year
This is a calculus-based physics course designed to successfully prepare students for the AP® exam. Students will develop their investigative skills through hands-on labs, simulations and engineering projects. Students will also connect what they are learning to the world around them and engage with their peers on discussion boards. Students will demonstrate their problem solving skills through AP® practice problems, reflections, videos and tests.
This course requires calculus as a prerequisite/ corequisite as it does not teach calculus in depth. Instead it focuses on the applications in mechanical physics.
If you are planning to take the AP® exam associated with this course, then be aware that 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.
As an online school, NorthStar Academy is not a testing center. We are a certified AP® course provider. Students must locate a face to face school in their local area that will allow them to sit the exam with their students.
This version of the course is not Dual Credit eligible. To receive Dual Credit, you must register for the DC version of this course, if available.
Do you enjoy puzzles and problem solving? Do you enjoy math and want to know more of its hands on applications? AP Physics C is definitely for you! With a focus on mechanics and the applications of calculus, you will be able to model and understand the physics present in the world around you. You will also have opportunities to explore applications of physics in your home, city, country etc. and share them with your classmates. God has created an incredible and diverse universe and we want to learn about it together!
You are also created, in His image, to create! In this course, you will experience the engineering process through hands on challenges and projects. You will use “outside the box” thinking to solve problems and brainstorm applications to help others.
I can’t wait to start this learning adventure with you!
If there are books and materials for this course, they can be purchased from our Online Bookstore.
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.