AP Physics C-Mechanics

  • Course number: T208W (Winter)
  • Grade(s) offered: 10-12
  • Credits: .5 (Spring semester only)
  • Prerequisites: Have completed or be enrolled in both AP Physics 1 AND a calculus course before or while taking AP Physics C- Mechanics Online.

Course Description: AP Physics C-Mechanics Online is the equivalent of a first-semester college course in calculus-based physics. This one-semester course is only offered during the spring semester and covers mechanics topics with a calculus lens in a self-paced/teacher-guided online format. These topics are Kinematics, Newton’s Laws, Work/Energy/Power, Momentum, Rotation, and Oscillations. Successful completion of this program will adequately prepare students for the AP Physics C-Mechanics exam in the spring and is a strong preparation course for the year-long AP Physics Electricity and Magnetism calculus-based course students could take the following year. It is expected that students electing this course will take the AP Exam, for which there is a fee.

Instructional Methods/Assessments: Students complete self-study units using instructor created videos, online simulations, labs with common household items, and a college textbook. Formative online assessments and online homework help students know how they are progressing with the material. Assessments include tests, quizzes, lab reports, homework, projects, and a final exam. Although students have flexibility within the units, each unit has specified deadline for summative assessments.

Recommended Background for Success: Students who would like flexibility in their schedules and are self-motivated would be a good fit for this online science course. Prior completion of, or current enrollment in AP Physics 1 AND a calculus course is required.