• AP PHYSICS 2 TOPICS AND SUBTOPICS

     

    Unit 1 – Fluid statics and dynamics.

    • Density
    • Hydrostatic Pressure
    • Pascal’s Principle
    • Buoyancy
    • Flow rate and continuity
    • Bernoulli’s principle and equation

    Unit 2 – Thermodynamics: Laws of thermodynamics, ideal gases, and kinetic theory.

    • Temperature and thermal equilibrium
    • Kinetic theory of solids, thermal expansion of solids.
    • Specific heat and
    • Conduction, convection, radiation.
    • Ideal gas Law, Boyle/Charles/Guy-Lussac combined gas Laws.
    • Kinetic theory of gases, statistics of molecular speeds and kinetic energies.
    • First Law of thermodynamics
    • PV diagrams and thermodynamic processes
    • Entropy and the second Law of thermodynamics
    • Heat engines, Carnot cycle and efficiency.

    Unit 3 - Electrostatics: electric force, electric field, and electric potential.

    • Charge, conservation of charge, quantization of charge.
    • Conductors, dielectrics, and electrostatics.
    • Coulomb’s Law
    • Electric Field: the force exerted by an E-field and sources of E-field.
    • Electric field vector diagrams.
    • Electric potential and electric potential difference.
    • Electric potential energy (between charges or due to an electric potential)
    • Parallel plates
    • Relationship between E-field and E-potential
    • Electric Potential Isoline diagrams

    Unit 4 – DC circuits and RC circuits (steady state-only)

    • Meaning of voltage, electric current, resistance, and power.
    • Relationships between voltage, electric current, resistance, and power (Ohm’s Law).
    • Resistivity and resistor building.
    • Series, parallel and mixed circuits.
    • Kirchhoff’s Laws.
    • Qualitative light bulb circuits.
    • Ammeters and voltmeters.
    • Capacitors: Charge, voltage and capacitance.
    • Capacitance building.
    • Dielectrics.
    • Series and parallel capacitor combinations.
    • Capacitors in circuits: initial and steady-state behavior.

    Unit 5 – Magnetism and electromagnetic induction.

    • Magnetic force on moving charges and electric current carrying wires.
    • Magnetic field created by bar magnets and solenoids.
    • Magnetic field created by a straight wire.
    • Interactions between two wires.
    • Ferromagnetism, Diamagnetism, and magnetic domains
    • Electromagnetic induction
    • Magnetic Flux
    • Faraday’s Law and Lenz’s Law
    • Motional EMF

    Unit 6 – Geometric and physical optics.

    • Snell’s Law and total internal reflection.
    • Reflection and plane mirrors.
    • Curved mirrors and image forming.
    • Lenses and image forming.
    • Diffraction, single slit, two slit, and diffraction grating interference.
    • Thin film interference
    • Light as an electromagnetic wave
    • Polarization of light

    Unit 7 – Quantum Physics, atomic, and nuclear physics

    • Relativity of time, length, mass and the speed of light.
    • Mass-energy equivalence.
    • Photoelectric effect.
    • Photon model of light.
    • Atomic Energy levels and spectra.
    • Wave-particle duality and quantum wave functions (including statistical interpretation).
    • Structure of the nucleus
    • Binding energy, and mass defect.
    • Nuclear reactions, conservation of charge and mass number.
    • Fission and fusion.
    • Radioactive decay types.
    • Half-life and decay rate (including statistical interpretation)
    • Fundamental forces.
    • Fundamental particles.