AP Physics C

Here is the syllabus to the course physics C syllabus:

Here is a copy of the text I aim to use as the main reference for the course.

Halliday and Resnick 10

Here is the power point of the first lecture:


Solutions to the problems in chapter 2 can be found here chapter_02

Week 2

AP Physics C Week 1 Review

Lecture 3 outline is here:

Lecture 3

Here are a couple of worksheets with answers on the development of the ideas discussed in class this week.

Newton’s Laws Physics C Conceptual Questions

Newton’s Laws Physics C Problems

Week 3

This week we will study applications of Newton’s laws to the study of dynamics. Dynamics involves both forces and kinematics — essentially it is the study of how objects move in relationship to the forces that are acting on them.

For completeness, I include here a copy of the slides from the next presentation.

Applications of Newton’s Laws

Here is a the midterm test which will be due Tuesday, July 12.

Midterm AP Physics C Test Sheet Only

Here is a practice worksheet with answers.

Practice Midterm 1

Week 4

This week we spent some time reflecting on the midterm problems. Here are the answers to that worksheet.


You might find the discussions in chapters 5 and 6 useful for background on the midterm.

Here all the solutions to ALL the problems in chapter 6 for your study as well.

c06 chapter_06

Week 5

This week we will focus our attention on the concept of energy. Energy is a derived quantity in physics. It allows us to track changes in the internal states of a system without having to know all the specific details of how the system is changing in time. The whole concept of energy is an abstraction of many particular observations of a system into a coherent generalization of the behavior of the dynamical system in time. Our first meeting focused on the concept of work — work is a means of energy transfer between a system and agencies in the system’s external environment.

As a means of energy transfer, it is useful to have a description of how to calculate the general form of work done by a potentially variable force in space. The answer is the concept of the line integral. If \overline{r}(t) is the position of a particle at time t, then the work is the line integral \int F( r) dr. Sometimes the work is dependent upon the path. In cases where the work is not dependent on the path we say that the force is conservative.

Here are some practice problems to consider for this section. Work Energy Practice Sheet

I apologize for being out sick and hope we can make up the class in the following week. Attached you will find the slides on the material in Chapter 7 on work and kinetic energy.

Work and Kinetic Energy

Also, try the following problems from the end of the chapter problems in chapter 7:

6, 12, 15, 16, 25, 29, 37, 42, 57, 65

Week 6

We reviewed the work-kinetic energy theorem and introduced the concept of potential energy. Potential energy is stored energy in a system. It is very important to remember that if F is a conservative force, there will be a function U — called the potential for F — such that

\displaystyle {F_x = -\frac{dU}{dx}}.

 The work done by the conservative force is then related to the potential by the equation

\displaystyle{ W=-\Delta U}.

Here are the slides from our last meeting

conservation of energy

I assigned these problems to go along with the worksheets from work and kinetic energy. I am not sure if you saw that in the last post. Here they are again

6, 12, 15, 16, 25, 29, 37, 42, 57, 65 — from chapter 7

Here is a worksheet to accompany Tuesday’s discussion.

more on energy and work

Final Homework Project

Here is the final worksheet covering a range of topics we have covered during the summer.

AP Physics C Final Worksheet