Syllabus

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