• Course Summary AP Physics 2


    AP Physics 2

    Test Date:  Wednesday May 6, 2020 12 noon



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    AP Central Course and Exam Description


    AP Physics 2 is an algebra-based, introductory college-level physics course. Students cultivate their understanding of Physics through inquiry-based investigations as they explore topics such as fluid statics and dynamics; thermodynamics with kinetic theory; PV diagrams and probability; electrical force, field; electric circuits with capacitors; magnetism and electromagnetic induction; physical and geometric optics; and quantum, atomic, and nuclear physics.


    AP Physics 2 is a full year course that is the equivalent of a second-semester introductory college course in algebra-based physics.


    Because of the amount of material we are required to cover, the class will proceed at an accelerated rate.  The exams will include more difficult AP style questions. 


    The 7 Units in AP Physics 2 are as follows:

    Unit 1: Fluids: Pressure and Forces

    You’ll learn about the characteristics of fluids and how a fluid’s internal structure and interactions define these characteristics.


    Unit 2: Thermodynamics

    You’ll study heat, temperature, and thermal energy in contexts such as heat engines, heat pumps, and refrigerators.


    Unit 3: Electric Force, Field, and Potential

    You’ll begin your study of electromagnetism by getting familiar with fundamental concepts such as electric charge and electric forces.


    Unit 4: Electric Circuits

    You’ll continue to examine the behavior of charged particles to learn about the components of a circuit, the path that an electric current travels on.


    Unit 5: Magnetism and Electromagnetic Induction

    You’ll build on your knowledge of electrostatic forces and fields to explore the relationships between moving electric charges—electric currents—and the magnetic forces and fields they generate.


    Unit 6: Geometric and Physical Optics

    You’ll be introduced to the different ways of thinking about and modeling electromagnetic waves, or light.


    Unit 7: Quantum, Atomic, and Nuclear Physics

    You’ll be introduced to the concepts of modern physics and learn how these new models can resolve the conflicts and questions that Newtonian physics could not answer