AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism
- Conductors, capacitors, and dielectrics
- Electric circuits
- Magnetic fields
Methods of calculus are used wherever appropriate in formulating physical principles and in applying them to physical problems. Therefore, students should have completed or be concurrently enrolled in a calculus class.
This course may be combined with AP Physics C: Mechanics to make a unified Physics C course that prepares for both exams. In this scenario, Electricity and Magnetism is typically taught second, as it requires much of the knowledge gained in the Mechanics course.
The course culminates in an optional exam for which high-performing students may receive some credit towards their college coursework, depending on which college or university they attend.
The AP examination for AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism is separate from the AP examination for AP Physics C: Mechanics. Before 2006, test-takers paid only once and were given the choice of taking either one or two parts of the Physics C test.
The exam is configured in two categories: a 35-question multiple choice section and a 3-question free response section. Test takers are allowed to use an approved calculator during the entire exam. The test is weighted such that each section is worth half of the final score. This is one of the shortest AP exams, with total testing time of 90 minutes.
The topics covered by the exam are as follows:
|Conductors, insulators, capacitors, dielectrics||14%|
The grade distributions for the Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism scores since 2010 were:
|Number of Students||14,191||15,185||17,380||19.380||20,765|
- AP® PHYSICS C: ELECTRICITY & MAGNETISM (PDF), College Board, December 2016, retrieved January 30, 2017
- "Credit & Placement". AP Students. The College Board. 2017. Retrieved January 30, 2017.
- "AP Physics C: Mechanics – Calculator and Table Policies". AP Students. College Board. 2017. Retrieved January 30, 2017.
- "Topic Outline". College Board Tests. The College Board. 2013. Archived from the original on April 4, 2013.
- 2010 Physics C: E&M score distribution
- 2011 Physics C: E&M score distribution
- 2012 Physics C: E&M score distribution
- 2013 Student Score Distributions
- 2014 Student Score Distributions
- 2015 AP Exam Score Distributions
- Total Registration. "2016 AP Exam Score Distributions". www.totalregistration.net. Retrieved 2016-07-01.