AP Physics C: Mechanics

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Physics C: Mechanics covers all of the topics of Newtonian mechanics, including kinematics (vector motion in one and two dimensions), Newton’s laws of motion (linear and circular motion), work, energy and power, linear momentum, oscillations, and gravitation.  This course ordinarily forms the first part of the college sequence that serves as the foundation in physics for students majoring in the physical sciences or engineering.  Calculus is used wherever appropriate in formulating physical principles and in applying them to physical problems. Consequently, learners should be simultaneously enrolled in calculus (either AP Calculus or Calculus).  Use of calculus in problem solving and in derivations is expected to increase as the course progresses.  In addition, laboratory investigations that explore these physics concepts are an important part of this course in order to build understanding and critical thinking skills.