This is the projected AP Physics 2 syllabus for the 2015-2016 school year. Since this will be the second year I’ve taught AP Physics 2, and it’s only the second school year that the AP Physics 2 course and test has existed, this syllabus may change as the school year progresses.

Chapters numbers refer to Physics: Algebra/Trig (2nd Ed., 1998) by Eugene Hecht. 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 – Review, Fluid Mechanics & Thermal Physics

**I. Mechanics review** (1-2 days)

- Measurement
- Kinematics, Newton’s Three Laws, Gravity
- Energy, Momentum
- Centripetal Force & Rotational Motion

**II. Atomic Physics (2 weeks) – Chapters 27-29**

- Atomic Physics & Quantum Effects – Chapters 27-29
- electron & atomic nucleus – Chapter 27
- photons & photoelectric effect, Bohr Model – Chapter 28
- DeBroglie Wavelength, production of X-rays, Compton scattering – Chapter 29

**III. Nuclear Physics (2 weeks) – Chapter 30**

- Nuclear Physics – Chapter 30
- atomic number, mass number, atomic mass; nuclear processes; mass-energy equivalence

**IV. Thermal Physics (5 weeks) – Chapters 12-14**

- Temperature and Heat – Chapter 13
- mechanical equivalent of heat, heat transfer and thermal expansion

- Kinetic Theory – Chapter 12
- ideal gases, gas laws

- Thermodynamics – Chapter 14
- Thermodynamic processes – adiabatic, isothermal, isobaric, isochoric, cyclic
- pV diagrams
- First and Second Laws of Thermodynamics

### 2nd Quarter – Electricity & Magnetism

**V. Electricity (5 weeks) – Chapters 15-18**

- Electrostatics – Chapters 15-16
- Coulomb’s Law, electric field, electric potential, electrostatics with conductors

- Capacitors – Chapter 16
- capacitance, energy and charge stored, parallel plates

- Electric Current – Chapter 17
- definition of direction of current, Ohm’s Law, resistance and resistivity, power

- DC Circuits – Chapter 18
- schematic diagrams/Kirchhoff’s Laws, resistors, capacitors

**VI. Magnetism (2 weeks) – Chapters 19-20**

- Magnetostatics – Chapter 19
- magnetic field, forces on moving charges, forces on a current-carrying wire, magnetic field of current-carrying wires

- Electromagnetism – Chapter 20
- magnetic flux, Faraday’s Law & Lenz’s Law, induced emf and induced current

### 3rd Quarter – Optics & Fluids

**VII. Fluid Mechanics (2 weeks) – Chapter 9**

- Density and Pressure
- density and specific gravity, pressure as a function of depth, Pascal’s principle

- Buoyancy
- Archimedes’ Principle
- Pascal’s Law
- Bernoulli’s Equation

- Fluid flow continuity

**VIII. Optics (6 weeks) – Chapters 22-25**

- review of waves – Chapter 11
- Michelson-Morley Experiment, review of relativity – Chapter 26
- Physical Optics – Chapters 22 & 25
- electromagnetic spectrum – Chapter 22
- interference, diffraction, thin films – Chapter 25

- Geometric Optics – Chapters 23-24
- reflection & refraction – Chapter 23
- images formed by mirrors, images formed by lenses – Chapter 24

### 4th Quarter – Nuclear & Modern Physics, Review for AP Exam

**IX. Modern Physics (2 weeks) – Chapter 31**

- Elementary Particles
- Quantum Field Theory

**X. Review for AP Exam**