AP® PHYSICS C: MECHANICS
Taught By: Dr. Charles Vaughan or William Funderburk
Prerequisite: AP®Physics-1, Differential Calculus or equivalent, or approval of instructor and Academic Director.
Co-requisite: Integral Calculus or equivalent, Adv. Probs. in 1st Year Physics
Credit: ½ unit AP® credit
Length: 1 semester
Topics Covered: Preparation for the AP® Physics C: Mechanics examination
The course provides students with a vector-calculus based introduction to the principles of classical mechanics. Both differential and integral calculus concepts will be utilized throughout the course. The course length is one semester. In order to foster critical thinking skills necessary to pursue a career in science or engineering, the course includes two separate hands-on components (Labs and Extended Design Projects) which utilize guided inquiry and student-centered, team-based design of experiments. The class will meet for lecture on Monday, Wednesday & Fridays for one hour each day, and the lab will meet on Tuesdays or Thursdays for 1.5 hours each week. (Lab time constitutes 33% of the total in-class contact hours for the course.) The course is designed to prepare students to take the AP® Physics C Mechanics examination which is administered each May. In addition, some more advanced topics of mathematical physics are integrated into the course and into the Differential Equations class which is offered by the Mathematics Department.