AP Physics 2 Student Syllabus
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Textbook Giancoli Physics: Principles with Applications (5th ed.)
The AP Physics 2 course has been designed by the College Board as a course equivalent to an algebra-based college-level physics class. The course focuses on the interconnections between the various strands and units contained in the course syllabus and how each contributes to the “Big Ideas” that provide a core foundation for this science course. Problem solving techniques and strategies are fined tuned throughout the year, and students are continually tasked with connecting physics applications learned in different units in order to synthesize solutions to complex problems. The emphasis on theoretical topics, critical thinking and problem solving makes this class challenging. Mathematics is used to illuminate physical situations. Students must be strong in both math and science to be successful in this course. Conceptual understanding of the material is a requirement for success. Students will be expected to write justifications and explanations of physics concepts.
The content for the course is based on six big ideas:
Big Idea 1 Objects and systems have properties such as mass and charge.
Big Idea 2 Fields existing in space can be used to explain interactions.
Big Idea 3 The interactions of an object with other objects can be described by forces.
Big Idea 4 Interactions between systems can result in changes in those systems.
Big Idea 5 Changes that occurs as a result of interactions are constrained by conservation laws.
Big Idea 6 Waves can transfer energy and momentum from one location to another without the permanent transfer of mass and serve as a mathematical model for the description of other phenomenon.
Dedicated lab notebook for Physics labs only (composition or graph paper)
Calculator, ruler for labs & ray tracing
Grading / Evaluation
100%-90% A, 89%-80% B, 79%-70% C, 69%-60% D, 59%-0 F
There is a 10% deduction in points for each day an assignment is late.
AP Physics 2 is a weighted course for grades C or higher.
Total Grade comes from: 75% Exams & Quizzes, 5% Homework, 20% Lab Reports
AP Physics 2 Course Outline
Unit 1 Electrostatics Chapters 16, 17
Coulomb’s Law, Electric Field, Electric Potential
Unit 2 Electric Circuits Chapters 18, 19
Resistance, Ohm’s Law, DC Circuits, Kirchoff’s Laws, Capacitance, RC Circuits
Unit 3 Magnetism & Electromagnetic Induction Chapters 20, 21
Magnetic field, Magnetic force on charges & live wires, Magnetic flux, Faraday’s Law, Lenz’s Law, Motional emf
Unit 4 Thermodynamics Chapters 13, 14, 15
Kinetic Theory, Ideal Gases, 1st & 2nd Law of Thermodynamics, PV diagrams, Carnot cycle
Unit 5 Fluids Chapter 10
Density, Pressure, Pascal’s principle, Buoyant force, Archimedes principle, fluid flow, continuity equation, Bernoulli’s Equation
Unit 6 Optics Chapters 22, 23, 24
EM Spectrum, Reflection, Ray tracing, Mirror Diagram & equation, Refraction & Snell’s Law, Interference, Diffraction, Thin film interference
Unit 7 Quantum Physics Chapters 27, 28
Fundamental forces, photons, Photoelectric effect, Compton Scattering, Photon momentum and Photon-particle collisions, Wave-particle duality, DeBroglie wavelength, Atomic energy levels, Absorption & emission spectra, Quantum wave functions
Unit 8 Nuclear Physics Chapters 30, 31
Atomic Structure & Isotopes, Mass-energy equivalence, Radioactive decay, alpha beta and gamma, half-life, Fission & Fusion
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