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 Audit.
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.
Chabay, Ruth W., and Bruce A. Sherwood. Electric and Magnetic Interactions. New York: John
Chabay, Ruth W., and Bruce A. Sherwood. Matter and Interactions I: Modern Mechanics. New
Chabay, Ruth W., and Bruce A. Sherwood. Matter and Interactions II: Electricity and Magnetic
Fishbane, Paul M., Stephen Gasiorowicz, and Stephen M. Thornton. Physics for Scientists and
Giancoli, Douglas C. Physics for Scientists and Engineers. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice
Halliday, David, Robert Resnick, and Kenneth Krane. Physics. Vols. 1 & 2. New York: John Wiley
Halliday, David, Robert Resnick, and Jearl Walker. Fundamentals of Physics. New York: John
Hecht, Eugene. Physics: Calculus. New York: Brooks/Cole.
Knight, Randall D. Physics for Scientists and Engineers: A Strategic Approach with Modern
Sanny, Jeff, and William Moebs. University Physics. New York: McGraw-Hill.
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
Serway, Raymond A., and John W. Jewett, Jr. Physics for Scientists and Engineers with
Tipler, Paul A. Physics for Scientists and Engineers. New York: W. H. Freeman.
Wolfson, Richard, and Jay M. Pasachoff. Physics for Scientists and Engineers. Reading, MA:
Young, Hugh D., and Roger A. Freedman. University Physics. Reading, MA: Addison Wesley
Young, Hugh D., Roger A. Freedman, T.R. Sandin, and A. Lewis Ford. Sears and Semansky's
Reese, Ronald Lane. University Physics. Brooks/Cole.