Physics CAP Physics C: Mechanics

AP Physics C: Mechanics is equivalent to a one-semester, calculus based, college-level physics course, especially appropriate for students planning to specialize or major in physical science or engineering. The 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. Introductory differential and integral calculus is used throughout the course.

The objectives of the course:

  • Read, understand, & interpret physical situations using verbal, mathematical, and graphical information.
  • Use mathematical reasoning including arithmetic, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, & calculus.
  • Perform physics lab experiments: collect data, analyze the data, and interpret the results (including experimental uncertainties).
  • Analyze physical events and problems: describe the model to be used, including simplifying assumptions; state the principles that apply; specify the relevant limitations; carry out and describe the analysis steps; and interpret the results including special cases.


1. Linear Kinematics: describing motion along a line
2. Planar Kinematics: describing motion in 2 dimensions
3. Dynamics: explaining motion using forces
4. Energy: explaining motion using energy
5. Momentum: explaining motion using momentum
6. Rotation: describing and explaining rotational motion
7. Et Cetera: describing and explaining oscillating motion and gravitational motion
8. Review & Exam Preparation