ap physics c review resource --- 2019 - 2020


as there will not be any in-person review sessions due to the ongoing coronavirsus situation, use the links on this webpage for virtual review sessions. recommend that you do as much of the below problems / questions as possible. i understand if there are other more pressing needs at your home.

recommend taking at least one of the below MC test as a diagnostic test to identify your strengths / weaknesses

MC: mechanics 2017; 2018

MC: electricity & magnetism 2017; 2018

then use the ap study guide and your class notes to review these concepts.

recommend that you ignore the content related to gravity, oscillation, and magnetism / electromagnetism, since it won't be on this year's exam, which are the last two units in the mechanics & EM curriculum and they will be excluded for the tests.

nonetheless, as this year's test will be only FR, I will be focusing on FR problems to prepare you for the upcoming ap test. according to the CB, in decribing the format of this year's exam (click on arrow at appropriate ap test to view this information), it recommends looking at prior ap FR problems to get an idea of this year's test problems.

  ap physics c: mechanics ap physics c: EM
Q1 (25 minutes) Q3 2017 ap physics 1; scoring rubric ; #@! as on the left -- #@!
Q2 (15 minutes) Q2 2012 ap physics C; scoring rubric as on the left -- #@!

as the 2020 ap physics c exam will be open notes /open textbook, expect that it might not be like past ap exams, nonetheless, use the below resources to prepare for the test. as such, expect the problems won't be "straight-forward", but if you know physics concepts well, i am hoping that it won't be an issue. that is, believe that you'll need a "deep" understanding of physics to do well on the exam.

additional FR from past ap test

ap physics c: mechanics ap physics c: EM
2019 2019
1999 - 2018 1999 - 2018

which contains both the problems / questions and the scoring rubric. use the scoring rubric to get an idea of how the points would be allocated; e.g. simply writing relevant equation(s) earns you some points even if you don't know how to solve the problem, so write any relevant equations, but do not simply write any possiblely relevant equations, since in such a case, expect that you are demonstrating your ignorance, so probably might not get any points (based on my prior experience of been an ap chem FR grader).

note as the CB states:

"Long free-response question, with increased emphasis on analyzing and explaining the Physics C . . . concepts represented by representations and data. Question will have less emphasis on pure calculations due to exam administration security protocols."

in regards to your selection of past FR questions, recommend that you focus on such questions; i.e. "essay" rather than "calculation" questions. realize is not an ideal situation and i am speculating, so could be wrong.

in addition, an alternative resource would be the links, where segregated the FR problems by concept (fall; spring; links at the bottom on the website), but it was not comprehensive.

recommend study pace

april 12 - 18: review fall semester content -- mechanics

april 19 - 25: continue

april 26 - may 1: review spring semester content --- EM

may 3 - 8: continue

Mon, May 11, 2020: ap physic c exam

FYI: your course content, where deleted content that won't be on the 2020 ap physics c test

Fall (12 chapters)

Spring (7 chapters)
(ch. 1 measurement) ch. 21 electrostatics
ch. 2 linear motion ch. 22 electric field
ch. 3 vectors ch. 23 Gauss' law
ch. 4 planar motion ch. 24 electric potential
ch. 5 force I ch. 26 current & resistance
ch. 6 force II ch. 27 circuits
ch. 7 kinetic energy & work ch. 25 capacitance
ch. 8 potential energy & conservation of energy  
ch. 9 linear momentum prepare for ap exam
ch. 10 rotation  
ch. 11 torque & angular momentum  
ch. 12 equilibrium  

lastly, you might wish to view the CB review videos and the upcoming test taking simulator, which will be available in late April (& contact CB / school regarding home technology issues).