AP Physics C: Example Textbook List
The list below represents examples of textbooks that meet the curricular requirements of AP Physics C. 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.
The specified editions of the following textbooks meet the AP Physics C Course Audit curricular requirements. Earlier editions of these texts and other textbooks not listed here (including concise textbooks) 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.
More textbooks than those listed below may be appropriate for the AP Physics C course. However, schools should make every effort to acquire textbooks no older than 15 years old for use in this course
Bauer, Wolfgang & Wesfall, Gary. University Physics with Modern Physics, McGraw Hill
Chabay, Ruth W., and Bruce A. Sherwood. Electric and Magnetic Interactions. New York: John Wiley & Sons.
Chabay, Ruth W., and Bruce A. Sherwood. Matter and Interactions I: Modern Mechanics. New York: John Wiley & Sons.
Chabay, Ruth W., and Bruce A. Sherwood. Matter and Interactions II: Electricity and Magnetic Interactions. New York: John Wiley & Sons.
Giancoli, Douglas C., Physics for Scientists and Engineers. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.
Halliday, David, Robert Resnick, and Kenneth Krane. Physics. Vols. 1 & 2. New York: John Wiley & Sons.
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.
Serway, Raymond A. Principles of Physics. Fort Worth, TX: Saunders.
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.
Young, Hugh D., and Roger A. Freedman. University Physics. Reading, MA: Addison Wesley Longman.
Young, Hugh D., Roger A. Freedman, T.R. Sandin, and A. Lewis Ford. Sears and Semansky's University Physics. Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley.