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The AP Physics C: Mechanics course follows a syllabus established by the College Board, based on a college introductory course in Calculus ­based mechanics, usually taken by physics majors in their first semester. Topics covered include kinetics, Newton’s laws, rotation, energy, momentum, gravitation and oscillations. The course is available as an elective to students in their junior or senior years who have successfully completed Physics I. This is a yearlong laboratory course.

The AP Physics C: Electricity & Magnetism course follows a syllabus established by the College Board, based on a college introductory second-semester course in Calculus-based Electricity & Magnetism. Topics include electrostatics, capacitance, circuits, magnetism, induction and Maxwell’s equations. The course includes a laboratory component, although much is simulated. The course involves instruction and use of calculus, and thus strong mathematics preparation is important. The course is available as an elective to students in the junior or senior years who have successfully completed Physics I. The course includes a laboratory component.