AP Physics C is the equivalent of an introductory-level college course. It is very demanding of a student’s time and intellect. The emphasis on theoretical topics, critical thinking, and problem solving makes this class challenging. Mathematics is used to illuminate physical situations rather than to show off a student’s manipulative abilities. Students must be strong in both math and science to be successful in either AP Physics course.
AP Physics C is a two semester calculus-based course: one semester in mechanics and one in electricity and magnetism.