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AP PHYSICS B CONTENT OUTLINE
I. Newtonian Mechanics (35%)10 WEEKS
A. Kinematics (7%) (including vectors, vector algebra and components,
coordinate systems, displacement, velocity, and acceleration)
2. Dynamics of a single particle (Second law) 3. Systems of two or more bodies (Third law) 1. Work and work-energy theorem 2. Conservative forces and potential energy 3. Conservation of energy 4. Power 1. Center of mass 3. Conservation of linear momentum, collisions 1. Uniform circular motion 1. Simple harmonic motion (dynamics and energy relationships) 3. Pendulum and other oscillations 4. Newton’s law of gravity 5. Orbits of planets and satellites II. Fluid Mechanics and Thermal Physics (15%) 4 WEEKS 4. Bernoulli’s equation 1. Mechanical equivalent of heat 2. Heat Transfer and thermal expansion 1. Ideal gases 2. Laws of thermodynamics a. First law (including processes on pV diagrams) b. Second law (including heat engines) III. Electricity and Magnetism (25%)8 WEEKS
A. Electrostatics (5%)
2. Coulomb’s law and field and potential of point charges 3. Fields and potentials of other charge distributions 1. Electrostatics with conductors 1. Current, resistance, power 2. Steady-state direct current circuits 3. Capacitors in circuits 1. Forces on moving charges in magnetic fields 2. Forces on current-carrying wires in magnetic fields 3. Fields of long current-carrying wires 1. Electromagnetic induction (including Faraday's law and Lenz's law) IV. Waves and Optics (15%)4 WEEKS 1. Properties of traveling waves 2. Properties of standing waves 4. Superposition 1. Interference and diffraction 2. Dispersion of light and the electromagnetic spectrum 1. Reflection and refraction 3. Lenses PART V. Atomic and Nuclear Physics (10%)2 WEEKS 1. Photons, the photoelectric effect, Compton scattering, x-rays 3. Wave-particle duality 2. Mass-energy equivalence PREPARING FOR THE EXAM2 WEEKS
The Planning Guide that I use for teaching AP Physics B starts the last week of August. It takes about 28 weeks to cover the required topics leaving 2 full weeks to conduct a review.
The Content Outline given below corresponds to the official
A more detailed topic outline is found on page 17 of the pdf under the heading: "Learning Objectives for AP Physics"
The links for each individual topic contain a wide variety of Teaching Resources such as demos, labs, homework, notes, key ideas etc.