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AP Physics C in 3 weeks?

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  1. Apr 22, 2012 #1
    I am not currently taking a physics class but decided a few months ago that I would self study the AP Physics C Mechanics exam (not the E&M), however I have been procrastinating ever since. The exam is scheduled for the 14th of May, and I haven't even begun to study for it. Could anyone here recommend a good textbook to use with plenty of examples, practice problems, and solutions? I found this site http://www.courserepository.org/ [Broken] that has online courses for AP's but am worried that it won't be enough to prepare.

    Does anyone know how much calculus is involved in the physics c: mechanics exam? As I was skimming the chapters in the online course, I didn't see very much, if any calculus; it appeared to be merely algebra problems. I am a high school senior who has already taken Calc I, II, and III and am now taking Diff Eq so I'm sure I can handle any math that is in this course.
     
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  3. Apr 22, 2012 #2
    I think that if you've got a good enough grasp of calculus and differential equations, you ought to be able to handle the mechanics exam. They do give you a formula sheet
     
  4. Apr 22, 2012 #3
    I'm a junior taking AP C, and this is (roughly) what we've used calculus for.
    Mechanics:
    -Using calculus to go between displacement, velocity and acceleration.
    -Using calculus to go between angle, angular velocity, and angular acceleration.
    -Setting up differential equations involving forces, especially drag forces and oscillations.
    -Going between force and energy, and force and momentum.
    -Finding center of mass and moment of inertia.
    -Rocket equations.

    E&M:
    -RC circuits (and probably LC and RLC circuits too)
    -Going between Voltage and Electric field
    -Using Coulomb's law for finding fields of rings and other non-point charges.
    -Gauss's law, and Ampere's law, nominally. On the AP exam, the problems can always be set up uniformly so the problems are pretty much reduced down to geometry.
    -Also may be used with current density and current, in a similar fashion.

    That's all I can remember. Good luck.
     
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  5. Apr 23, 2012 #4
    I too procrastinated in high school for the AP Physics C exams. I studied for both mechanics and e&m in a single week, studying 10 hours a day and scored 5's on both. I simply read the my course's book cover to cover in a continuous manner without stopping for problems, then went back and picked problems I didn't know an algorithm for and did them. I supplemented with a prep book with practice AP Physics C tests and solved all the problems in those. There's a lot of calculus in the free response sections but it fluctuates from year to year.
     
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