AP Physics II

This is an algebra-based, introductory college-level physics course that builds upon knowledge from AP Physics 1. It is a full-year course oriented to prepare students for the AP Physics 2 exam and the study of physics in college. Students who choose not to take the AP Physics 2 exam are welcome; they will have an adapted set of assignments and grades but the same range of content.

This course explores topics such as fluid statics and dynamics; thermodynamics and kinetic gas theory; PV diagrams and probability; electrostatics, electrical circuits with capacitors; magnetic fields; electromagnetism; physical and geometric optics; and quantum, atomic, and nuclear physics. This course requires hands-on laboratory work throughout the year. To meet the expectations on the AP exam, students will practice solving problems, answering conceptual questions, writing laboratory reports, and developing their own experiments.

Prerequisites: AP Physics 1 and pre-calculus