AP Physics “C”
Electricity and Magnetism
Students who wish to take AP Physics “C” must enroll in both
Mechanics and Electricity and Magnetism. The course is offered as 1
course, with each topic devoted approximately equal time.
Textbook
The followin
g textbook is used as the main text in the course.
Tipler, Paul A.
Physics for Scientists and Engineers
. New York: W. H.
Freeman.
The following textbooks are used as supplementary material in different
sections throughout the year.
Fishbane, Paul M., Step
hen Gasiorowicz, and Stephen M. Thornton.
Physics
for Scientists and
Engineers
. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.
Fletcher, Craig. Physics with Calculus. Vol 1

Classical Mechanics,
Pasadena, CA: Leland Scott Publishers.
Serway, Raymond A.
College
Physics
. Fort Worth, TX: Saunders.
Syllabus
Overview of AP Physics
Any student who has completed one year of physics and has either
taken or is taking Calculus concurrently is eligible for AP Physics. The
course is equivalent to a first

year college ph
ysics class. The course requires
a basic understanding of calculus (differentiation and integration).
Students meet 5 times per week, 80 minutes per day. Typically,
students will spend four days devoted to classwork, group work, and lecture.
One cla
ss period per week will be devoted to lab work. Tests are generally
taken at the end of every other chapter. A final exam is also given.
Course Design
Students completing this course will have a strong conceptual
understanding of physics. Emphasis is
on laboratory work and problem
solving skills. Guided inquiry of the topics is enhanced by student centered
learning, problem solving and laboratory assignments.
Laboratory assignments are completed in small
groups with each student completing their o
wn report.
Completed reports will be kept in a portfolio.
Electricity and Magnetism
A. Electrostatics
Chapter 22: The Electric Field I: Discrete Charge Distributions
22

1: Electric Charge/Conductors and Insulators/Coulomb’s Law
22

2: Electri
c Field
22

3: Field Lines/Motion of Charges in an Electric Field
Chapter 23: The Electric Field II: Continuous Charge Distributions
23

1: Calculating E from Coulomb’s Law
23

2: Gauss’s Law
23

3: Charge and Field at Conductor Surface
Chapter 24: Elec
tric Potential
24

1: Electric Potential Difference
24

2: Potential due to a System of Point Charges
24

3: Finding the Electric Field from the Potential
24

4: Calculation of V for Continuous Charge Distributions
24

5: Equipotential Surfaces
B. Condu
ctors, capacitors, dielectrics
Chapter 25 Electrostatic Energy and Capacitance
25

1: Electrostatic Potential Energy/Capacitance
25

2: Storage of Electrical Energy
25

3: Combinations of Capacitors
25

4: Dielectrics
C. Electric circuits
Cha
pter 26 Electric Current and Direct Current Circuits
26

1: Current and Motion of Charges/Resistance and Ohm’s Law
26

2: Energy in Electric Circuits
26

3: Combination of Resistors
26

4: Kirchoff’s Rules
26

5: RC Circuits
D. Magnetic Fields
Chap
ter 28 The Magnetic Field
28

1: The Force Exerted by a Magnetic Field
28

2: Motion of a Point Charge in a Magnetic Field
28

3: Torques on Current Loops and Magnets
Chapter 29 Sources of the Magnetic Field
29

1: Magnetic Field of Moving Point Charges
29

2: Magnetic Field of Currents (Biot

Savart Law)
29

3: Ampere’s Law
E. Electromagnetism
Chapter 30 Magnetic Induction
30

1: Magnetic Flux/Induced EMF and Faraday’s Law
30

2: Lenz’s Law
30

3: Motional Emf
30

4: Eddy Currents/Inductance
30

5:
Energy in Inductor
30

6: RL Circuits
Chapter 31 Alternating

Current Circuits
31

1 AC Generators
Chapter 32 Maxwell’s Equations and Electromagnetic Waves
32

1: Maxwell’s Displacement Current
32

2: Maxwell’s Equations
Laboratory Activities
Students w
ill complete lab activities where appropriate throughout the year.
Students will complete a lab report and will keep these completed reports in
a portfolio.
1. Charting Electric Field Lines
2. Ohm’s Law
3. Series and Parallel Circuits
4. Magnetic Fi
elds around Magnets
5. Resistance of a Coil
6. Measuring Resistivity using Wheatstone’s Bridge
7. Current and Field Strength
8. Magnetic Field along the Axis of a Coil
9. Charging and Discharging a Capacitor
Evaluation
Tests are given at the compl
etion of every major topic, or
approximately after every 2 chapters. The tests are similar to AP exams.
Each consists of 20 multiple choice questions and 4 free

response questions.
A cumulative test is given as a final exam at the end of the semester.
It
consists of 35 questions multiple choice and 3 free response. Homework is
given with each section covered in class and collected at the end of each
chapter. A lab report is collected for each lab assignment. The final grade is
determined as follows.
Tests
50%
Labs
20%
Homework
10%
Final Exam
20%
Grades are determined according to the school scale, which is as follows:
A=93

100
A

=90

92.9
B+=87

89.9
B=83

86.9
B

=80

82.9
C+=77

79.9
C=73

76.9
C

=70

72.9
D+=67

69.9
D=63

66.9
F=Below 62.9
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