AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism


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Victoria Vazquez, Staff Writer

AP physics C, taught by Ms. Vallari, focuses on electrostatics, electric circuits, conductors, capacitors, dielectrics, magnetic fields, and electromagnetism. According to College Board this course is calculus based and will focus on hands on labs that help you understand the foundational principles of physics in electricity and magnetism by applying them to complex physical situations that will combine multiple aspects. It will use design and conduct inquiry-based lab investigations to solve problems through first-hand observations, data collection, analysis and interpretation. 

For students thinking of taking any ap class Ms. Vallari has some advice; 

“It’s the same advice I’d give to any student in any class, stay current, as soon as you experience difficulty ask for help, and don’t let yourself fall behind. You need to advocate for yourself.”

AP Physics C student Maxwell Johnston explains what it takes.

“Well you need to be good at Calculus because its calculus based physics, plus the questions asked are all application questions in real life scenarios so it’s much harder to get the answer unless you know how the calculus applies to different scenarios.”