Course Name: AP Physics C: Mechanics
Teacher: Alison Bulson
Month 
Content 
State Core Standards 
Assessment 
AugustSeptember 
Precalculus mathematics review
SI units, dimensional analysis, estimation Limits and derivatives 1Dimensional kinematics

Standard 1, objectives 13: Students will understand how to measure, calculate, and describe the motion of an object in terms of position, time, velocity, and acceleration 
Motion graphing lab Acceleration on an incline lab Free fall lab Test 1: 1Dimensional Kinematics 
October 
Vectors
2Dimensional kinematics
Integration 
Standard 1, objectives 13 
Projectile motion lab Test 2: Projectile motion 
November 
Newton’s laws

Standard 1, objective 4: use Newton’s first law to explain the motion of an object Standard II, objectives 13: students will understand the relation between force, mass, and acceleration 
Newton’s second law lab Atwood Machine lab Coefficient of static and kinetic friction lab Test 3: Newton’s laws 
December 
Vector functions
Work and Energy

Standard IV, objectives 13: students will understand transfer and conservation of energy 
Workenergy theorem lab Test 4: Work and Energy 
January 
Conservation of energy

Standard IV, objectives 13 
Conservation of mechanical energy lab Test 5: Conservation of energy 
February 
Impulse, linear momentum, collisions
Rotational kinematics

These topics are required AP physics core, but are not included in the Utah state core for physics 
Impulse and momentum lab Cart collision lab Test 6: Impulse, linear momentum, collisions, rotational kinematics 
March 
Vector functions
Rotational dynamics

These topics are require AP physics core, but are not included in the Utah state core for physics 
Conical pendulum, simple pendulum lab Centripetal force on a pendulum lab Bicycle and spinning disk lab Test 7: Rotational dynamics 
April 
Translational and rotational equilibrium Gravitation

Standard III, objective 1: students will understand the factors determining the strength of gravitational and electric forces – relate the strength of the gravitational force to the distance between two objects and the mass of the objects Standard IV, objectives 13 
Test 8: Equilibrium and gravitation 
May 
Simple Harmonic Motion (after the AP test) Electric Force Waves – (mechanical and EM) extension of simple harmonic motion 
Standard V, objectives 1: students will understand the properties and applications of waves – demonstrate an understanding of mechanical waves in terms of general wave properties Standard III, objective 2: students will understand the factors determining the strength of gravitational and electric forces – describe the factors that affect the electric force Standard V, objectives 12: describe the nature of electromagnetic radiation and visible light 
Simple harmonic motion lab Quiz: Simple harmonic motion AP practice test(s) 