Syllabus

This is the projected AP Physics 2 syllabus for the 2018-2019 school year.  This syllabus is based on the AP Physics 2 Course Planning and Pacing Guide by Peggy Bertrand of Oak Ridge High School, TN.

1st Quarter – Particle Physics

  1. Nuclear Physics

    1. atomic number, mass & mass number
    2. nuclear processes
    3. mass-energy equivalence
  2. Atomic Physics

    1. the electron & atomic nucleus
    2. photons & photoelectric effect
    3. quantum effects
    4. DeBroglie wavelength
    5. x-rays & Compton scattering
  3. Thermal Physics

    1. temperature & heat
    2. kinetic theory (gas laws)
    3. thermodynamic processes
    4. First & Second Laws of Thermodynamics

2nd Quarter – Electricity & Magnetism

  1. Electricity

    1. electrostatics & Coulomb’s Law
    2. electric fields & electric potential
    3. capacitors
    4. electric current
    5. Ohm’s Law & resistance
    6. DC circuits, schematic diagrams & Kirchhoff’s Laws
  2. Magnetism

    1. magnetostatics & magnetic fields
    2. magnetic flux, Faraday’s Law & Lenz’s Law
    3. induced emf & induced current

3rd Quarter – Optics & Fluid Mechanics

  1. Optics

    1. waves (review)
    2. Michelson-Morley experiment
    3. physical optics: slits & filters
    4. electromagnetic spectrum
    5. interference & diffraction
    6. geometric optics: lens & mirrors
    7. reflection & refraction
  2. Fluid Mechanics

    1. density & specific gravity
    2. pressure, Pascal’s Law & Bernoulli’s Equation
    3. buoyancy, Archimedes’ Principle
    4. fluid flow continuity

4th Quarter – Review for the AP Exam

  • AP Physics 2 Exam – Friday, May 10th, 2019 at 12pm