AP Physics C: Example Textbook List
The list below represents examples of textbooks that meet the curricular requirements of the AP Physics C courses. The list below is not exhaustive and the texts listed should not be regarded as endorsed, authorized, recommended, or approved by the College Board. Not using a book from this list does not mean that a course will not receive authorization. Syllabi submitted as part of the AP Course Audit process will be evaluated holistically, with textbooks considered along with supplementary, supporting resources to confirm that the course as a whole provides students with the content delineated in the curricular requirements of the AP Course Audit.
The specified editions of the following textbooks meet the AP Physics C AP Course Audit curricular requirements. Earlier editions of these texts or other textbooks not listed here may meet the AP Course Audit curricular requirements if supplemented with appropriate college-level instructional resources. For discussions regarding the usefulness of these texts and other teaching materials in the AP Physics C classroom, please consult the Teachers' Resources section of AP Central.
Chabay, Ruth and Bruce Sherwood. Matter and Interactions I: Modern Mechanics. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.
Chabay, Ruth and Bruce Sherwood. Matter and Interactions II: Electricity and Magnetic Interactions. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.
Giancoli, Douglas C., Physics for Scientists and Engineers with Modern Physics. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.
Halliday, David, Robert Resnick, and Kenneth Krane. Physics Vols. 1 & 2. New York: John Wiley & Sons.
Halliday, David, and Jearl Walker. Fundamentals of Physics. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.
Hecht, Eugene. Physics: Calculus. New York: Brooks/Cole.
Knight, Randall D. Physics for Scientists and Engineers: A Strategic Approach with Modern Physics. Boston, MA: Addison-Wesley.
Reese, Ronald. University Physics. Belmont, CA: Brooks/Cole.
Serway, Raymond A., Principles of Physics. Fort Worth, TX: Saunders
Serway, Raymond A. and John W. Jewett, Jr. Physics for Scientists and Engineers with Modern Physics.. Belmont, CA: Brooks/Cole Cengage Learning.
Tipler, Paul A. and Gene Mosca. Physics for Scientists and Engineers: with Modern Physics. New York, NY: W. H. Freeman.
Wolfson, Richard, and Jay M. Pasachoff. Physics for Scientists and Engineers. Reading, MA: Addison Wesley Longman.
Young, Hugh D., and Roger A. Freedman. University Physics. Reading, MA: Addison Wesley Longman.
Young, Hugh D., Roger A. Freedman, and A. Lewis Ford. Sears and Semansky’s University Physics: with Modern Physics. San Francisco, CA: Pearson/Addison-Wesley