AP Physics B

AP Physics B is a college level course that uses advanced algebra and trigonometry as the primary tools for problem solving.  The course objectives on the five major areas of Physics are:
I. NEWTONIAN MECHANICS

UNIT 1.  INTRODUCTION
Physics Skills

UNIT 2. VECTORS AND EQUILIBRIUM
Vector Addition, Forces, Newton’s First law:
Static Equilibrium, Torque and Rotational
Equilibrium

UNIT 3. KINEMATICS
Kinematics in One-Dimension
Kinematics in Two-Dimensions

UNIT 4. DYNAMICS
Newton’s Second and Third Laws
Friction
Uniform Circular Motion and Gravitation

UNIT 5. CONSERVATION LAWS
Conservation of Energy
Conservation of Momentum

UNIT 6. SIMPLE HARMONIC MOTION
Spring Mass Systems and Simple Pendulum
II. FLUID MECHANICS AND THERMAL PHYSICS

UNIT 7. FLUIDS
Buoyancy, Fluid Flow Continuity and Bernoulli’s Equation 

UNIT 8. THERMODYNAMICS
Temperature and Kinetic Theory, Heat Transfer
The Laws of Thermodynamics
III. WAVES AND OPTICS

UNIT 9.  WAVES AND SOUND
Mechanical Waves and Sound
Boundary Behavior and Wave Phenomena

UNIT 10. GEOMETRIC  AND PHYSICAL OPTICS
Reflection, Refraction, Lens/Mirror Image Formation, Interference and Diffraction 
IV. ELECTRICITY AND MAGNETISM

UNIT 11. ELECTROSTATICS
Electric Force, Field and Potential

UNIT 12. ELECTRICITY
Electric Current, DC Circuits, Kirchhoff’s Rules

UNIT 13. MAGNETISM
Magnetic Force and Field 
Electromagnetic Induction

V. ATOMIC AND NUCLEAR PHYSICS

UNIT 14. MODERN PHYSICS
Quantum Theory, Photoelectric Effect, 
Atomic Energy Levels 
Nuclear Physics and Nuclear Energy
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