AP Physics C: Example Textbook List
The list below represents examples of textbooks that meet the curricular requirements of AP Physics C. The list 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 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 classroom, please consult the Teachers' Resources section of AP Central.
Mechanics and Electricty and Magnetism Texts:
Bauer, Wolfgang & Wesfall, Gary. University Physics with Modern Physics, McGraw Hill
Fishbane, Paul M., Stephen Gasiorowicz, and Stephen M. Thornton. Physics for Scientists and Engineers. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.
Giancoli, Douglas C., Physics for Scientists and Engineers. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.
Halliday, David, Robert Resnick, and Jearl Walker. Fundamentals of Physics. New York: John Wiley & Sons. (or any variation on the Hallday text)
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. Brooks/Cole.
Sanny, Jeff, and Moebs, William, University Physics. New York: McGraw-Hill
Serway, Raymond A., Robert J. Beichner and John W. Jewett, Jr. Physics for Scientists and Engineer. Vols. 1 & 2. Fort Worth, TX: Saunders.
Tipler, Paul A. Physics for Scientists and Engineers. 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.
Chabay, Ruth W., and Bruce A. Sherwood. Matter and Interactions I: Modern Mechanics. New York: John Wiley & Sons.
Electricity and Magnetism only:
Chabay, Ruth W., and Bruce A. Sherwood. Electric and Magnetic Interactions. New York: John Wiley & Sons