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AP Physics C Summer Assignment

Welcome to the AP Physics C!

I am excited to embark on this wonderful journey of physics together. This will be one of the

most challenging, yet rewarding, class you take during your high school career. You will learn valuable

skills that will help you in whichever field or career you choose to pursue in college.

The AP Physics C course is arguably the most difficult of all the AP courses (there is data to

support this). There is an ENORMOUS amount of content which requires an EXTREMELY HIGH level

of conceptual thinking. We dont take any days off! If you miss a day, you miss A LOT!! If youre not

willing to put in the time, every day, day after day, you will not be successful in this course. Think hard

about this before you decide to take this course! Do not fool yourself; this course will not be a walk in the


Students are expected to work on their summer assignment over the summer. There will be a test

covering the summer homework (Unit 1) ON THE FIRST BLOCK DAY. Prepare yourselves in advance.

Waiting until the last minute will not help you be successful this year. Remember to have a great summer

and be prepared to hit the ground running when school starts.

See you in August!

Jessica Mushegan

Summer Assignment:
1. Check out the book from the library and complete the following AP Physics C summer homework
2. Review derivatives and integrals at the following website:
3. Get a spiral bound quadrille 4x4 graphing notebook for the first day of school. (Can be found at
Staples or Office Depot)
4. Consider buying an AP Physics C prep book early. This can be found an amazon or ebay. Many
students like Barrons or Princeton review.

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AP Physics C Summer Assignment

1. Read Chapter 1, Chapter 2.1-2.4, and Chapter 3 in Serway: Physics for Scientists and Engineers
6th edition.

2. On a separate sheet of paper, define the following bolded terms in Chapter 1, Chapter 2.1-2.4,
and Ch. 3.
Chapter 1: SI System, kilogram, model, atomic number, mass number, quarks, density, atomic
mass unit, significant figures.

Chapter 2: particle model, position, velocity, displacement, distance, average speed,

instantaneous velocity, instantaneous speed, acceleration.

Chapter 3: Plane polar coordinate system, rectangular coordinates, vector quantity, scalar
quantity, resultant vector, commutative law of addition, associative law of addition, components,
position vector.

3. There are three main sections of problems at the end of each Chapter. There are Questions
(general conceptual ideas), there are Problems (specific to each section), and there are
Additional problems (mixed or combined problems).

Answer the following questions and problems

Chapter 1: Q1 & 2 (Q stands for the questions section at the end of the chapter)
P1, 3, 6, 18-21, 48 & 50 (P stands for the problem section at the end of the chapter)
Chapter 2: Q3, 7, & 9 P1-4, 7, 12 & 18
Chapter 3: Q2-8 even, P1-4, 8-10, 18-21

4. Fill in the following charts with the missing information.

Prefix Abbreviation Value



5. The Greek Alphabet (found on the inside cover of the textbook)

Name Symbol (Uppercase and lowercase)


6. Answer the following questions by taking the deriviative or integral

a. y= 5x _________ b. y= 9x 4 _________ c. y= 25 ________

d. y= sinx _________ e. y= e5x __________ f. y= 6x2 + 3x-2 _________

g. y= cos (2x+ 5) _________ h. y= (x3 + 6)5 _________ i. y= 8x2 ex _________

j. 4x2 dx _________ k. (7x4 + 3x) dx________ l. (1/x) dx __________