AP Physics 2 Syllabus
Reading and book problem assignments in AP Physics 2. I intend to go over problems marked with an asterisk* in class. I will answer questions on the other problems if you ask. Please add an icon for this page to the screen on your phone, or bookmark the page, rather than making a hard copy. Changes might take place throughout the year.
Section Problems
UNIT 1 Chapter 1: Representing Motion
1.1 Motion: A First Look
1.2 Position and Time: Putting Numbers on Nature
1.3 Velocity
1A: Q p. 23 #9*, 10*; P p. 24 #6*, 11
1.4 A Sense of Scale: Significant Figures, Scientific Notation, and Units PCAs only
1.5 Vectors and Motion: A First Look 1B: P p. 25 #27*, 32, 33
UNIT 1 Chapter 2: Motion in One Dimension
2.1 Describing Motion
2.2 Uniform Motion
2.3 Instantaneous Velocity
2.4 Acceleration
2.5 Motion with Constant Acceleration
2.6 Solving One-Dimensional Motion Problems
2.7 Free Fall
2A: P pp. 58-62 #5*, 6*, 10, 23, 28*, 38*, 47, 48*, 60, 65*, 77*
UNIT 1 Chapter 4: Forces and Newton's Laws of Motion
4.1 Motion and Forces
4.2 A Short Catalog of Forces
4.3 Identifying Forces
4.4 What Do Forces Do?
4.5 Newton's Second Law
4.6 Free-Body Diagrams
4.7 Newton's Third Law
4A: Q pp. 119-120 #4*, 7*, 9*, 17*; P pp. 121-122 #4-6*, 10*, 17, 23, 24, 30-38, 41*, 42
UNIT 1 Chapter 5: Applying Newton's Laws
5.1 Equilibrium
5.2 Dynamics and Newton's Second Law
5.3 Mass and Weight
5.4 Normal Forces
5.5 Friction
5A: Q p. 153 #1*, 2*, 4-8*, 10*, 15*; P pp. 154-155 #1, 2*, 6*, 10, 11, 14-16
5B: P pp. 156-158 #24*, 25, 26, 33, 51*, 53*
5.7 Interacting Objects
5.8 Ropes and Pulleys
5C: Q p. 153 #17-20*; P pp. 156-157 #40, 41*, 42
UNIT 1 Chapter 13: Static Fluids
13.1 Fluids and Density 13A: Q p. 425 #3; P p. 427 #1, 3*, 4, 6*, 7
13.2 Pressure 13B: Q p. 425 #7, 8; P p. 427 #8*, 9*, 10, 12*, 13, 14, 15
13.3 Measuring and Using Pressure 13C: Q p. 425 #11, 12, 14; P pp. 427-428 #16*, 17, 19, 20
13.4 Buoyancy 13D: Q pp. 425-426 #15, 18, 24; P p. 428 #22, 24*, 25*, 26, 27, 51*, 52*
UNIT 2 Chapter 9: Momentum
9.1 Impulse
9.2 Momentum and the Impulse-Momentum Theorem
9.3 Solving Impulse Momentum Problems
9.4 Conservation of Momentum
9.5 Inelastic Collisions
9A: Q p. 276 #2, 8, 12, 14; P p. 278-279 #3, 7*, 12*, 13*, 14*, 15, 21, 22
UNIT 2 Chapter 10: Energy and Work
10.1 The Basic Energy Model
10.2 Work
10.3 Kinetic Energy
10.4 Potential Energy
10.5 Thermal Energy
10.8 Power
10A: Q p. 311 #1, 13, 17; P pp. 312 #1, 3, 7, 9*, 12*, 13
10B: P pp. 312-314 #16, 21, 25*, 45, 47, 51
10.6 Using the Law of Conservation of Energy
10.7 Energy in Collisions
10C: P pp. 313-315 #29, 36*, 37, 72, 75*
UNIT 2 Chapter 13: Moving Fluids And Summary
13.5 Fluids in Motion 13E: P p. 428 #31*, 32, 33*, 34
13.6 Fluid Dynamics 13F: Q p. 426 #28; P p. 428 #35, 36*, 37*
Summary 13G: P pp. 429-430 #51, 52, 58, 60*, 62
UNIT 3A Chapter 11: Using Energy
11.1 Transforming Energy 11A: P p. 345 #1*, 2, 3, 4*
11.3 Temperature, Thermal Energy, and Heat 11B: P p. 346 #15, 16, 17
11.4 First Law of Thermodynamics 11C: P p. 346 #19*, 20, 21*, 22
11.5 Heat Engines
11.7 Entropy and the Second Law of Thermodynamics
11D: P p. 346 #23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28*, 35*
Summary 11E: Q p. 344 #6*, 9*, 10*, 23*, 25*
11F:
P p. 348 #53-55, 59, 60
UNIT 3A Chapter 12: Thermal Properties of Matter
12.1 Transforming Energy 12A: P p. 392 #3*, 4, 5
12.2 Atomic Model of an Ideal Gas 12B: P p. 392 #6*, 7, 8, 9*, 10, 15*, 16*, 17, 18
UNIT 3B Chapter 12: Thermal Properties of Matter
12.3 Ideal Gas Processes 12C: P p. 392-393 #20*, 21, 22*, 23*, 24-28, 30, 31
12.4 Thermal Expansion 12D: P p. 393 #33*, 34, 35, 36*, 37*
12.5 Specific Heat and Heat of Transformation 12E: P pp. 393-394 #39*, 40, 41, 42*, 46
12.6 Calorimetry 12F: P pp. 393-394 #47, 48*, 49, 52
12.8 Heat Transfer 12G: P p. 394 #61*, 62, 63*, 64
Summary 12H: P p. 395 #79, 83, 87, 96, 98, 100
UNIT 4A Chapter 20: Electric Fields and Forces
20.1 Charges and Forces 20A: Q p. 658 #1, 7, 11
20.2 Charges, Atoms and Molecules 20B: P p. 660 #1, 2, 3*, 4, 8*
20.3 Coulomb's Law 20C: P p. 660 #9, 11, 14*, 15, 17*
20.4 The Concept of the Electric Field
20.5 Applications of the Electric Field
20.6 Conductors and Electric Fields
20D: Q p. 658 #12; P pp. 660-661 #18, 20, 23*, 27*, 28, 31*
Summary 20E: P pp. 661-663 #41, 61, 62, 65, 68
UNIT 4A Chapter 21: Electric Potential and Capacitors
21.1 Electric Potential Energy and Electric Potential 21A: Q p. 694 #1, 3
21.2 Sources of Electric Potential 21B: P p. 696 #1, 2*, 3*, 5
21.3 Electric Potential and Conservation of Energy 21C: P p. 696 #6*, 7, 8*, 9, 10
21.4 Calculating the Electric Potential
21.5 Connecting Potential and Field
21D: Q p. 694 #4, 5, 7, 8, 15, 16, 17; P pp. 696-697 #11*, 13, 14, 18*, 20, 21
21.7 Capacitance and Capacitors
21.8 Energy and Capacitors
21E: Q pp. 694-695 #9, 10, 18, 19, 20; P p. 698 #33*, 36, 37, 41*
Summary 21F: P pp. 698-699 #51, 61-63, 69
UNIT 4B Chapter 22: Current and Resistance
Note: Questions from this chapter will be discussed in class but are not assigned for homework.
22.1 A Model of Current
22.2 Defining and Describing Current
22.3 Batteries and emf
22A: P p. 723 #1, 3, 6, 10, 12, 13, 15, 16
22.4 Connecting Potential and Current 22B: P pp. 723-724 #19, 22, 25, 28*
22.5 Ohm's Law and Resistor Circuits
22.6 Energy and Power
22C: P p. 724 #29*, 32, 33*, 35-38, 41
Summary 22D: P pp. 724-725 #43, 53, 55, 57, 60, 65*
UNIT 4B Chapter 23: Series and Parallel Circuits
Note: Questions from this chapter will be discussed in class but are not assigned for homework.
23.1 Circuit Elements and Diagrams
23.2 Kirchoff's Laws
23.3 Series and Parallel Circuits
23A: P pp. 756-757 #1, 6*, 8, 9, 16
23.5 More Complex Circuits 23B: P pp. 757-758 #17-23, 24*, 27, 28*, 31
23.6 Capacitors in Parallel and Series 23C: P pp. 758-759 #34-37, 38*, 39
Summary 23D: P pp. 759-760 #55, 62
UNIT 5 Chapter 24: Magnetic Fields and Forces
24.1 Magnetism
24.2 The Magnetic Field
24.3 Electric Currents Also Create Magnetic Fields
24.4 Calculating the Magnetic Field Due to a Current
24A: Q p. 795 #2, 3, 7, 8, 14 *all discussed
24B: P pp. 797-798 #3, 6*, 8, 13*, 16, 17*
24.5 Magnetic Fields Exert Forces on Moving Charges
24.6 Magnetic Fields Exert Forces on Currents
24C: Q pp. 795-796 #15*, 16*, 17*, 18, 19*, 23-25, 26*
24D: P pp. 798-799 #22*, 23, 25*, 32, 33*, 36
Summary 24E: P pp. 800-801 #44, 46, 48*, 56, 57*
24F: P p. 802 #67-70 *all discussed
UNIT 5 Sections 25.1 - 25.4: EM Induction
25.1 Induced Currents
25.2 Motional emf
25A: P p. 835 #1*, 3, 4*
25.3 Magnetic Flux
25B: P p. 835 #9*, 10, 11*, 13
25.4 Faraday's Law 25C: P pp. 835-836 #14*, 17*, 20, 21
Summary 25D: Q pp. 832-833 #3, 6, 8, 10, 15, 16 *all discussed
25E: P pp. 837-838 #58, 62, 65
UNIT 6A Sections 15.1 - 15.5, 16.1 - 16.4, Chapter 17, Sections 25.5, 25.7: Wave Optics
25.5 Electromagnetic Waves
25.7 The Electromagnetic Spectrum
15.1 The Wave Model
15.2 Traveling Waves
15.3 Graphical and Mathematical Descriptions of Waves
15.4 Sound and Light Waves
15.5 Energy and Intensity
15A: P pp. 495-496 #8, 9*, 11*, 13, 14, 18, 19
15B: P pp. 496-497 #30*, 31, 33
16.1 The Principle of Superposition
16.2 Standing Waves
16.3 Standing Waves on a String
16A: P pp. 525 #3, 4, 9-11, 16*
17.1 What is Light?
17A: Q p. 559 #1, 2; P p. 560 #1, 4, 5
17.2 The Interference of Light
17.3 The Diffraction Grating
17B: Q p. 559 #5; P pp. 560-561 #7, 9, 11*
17C: P p. 561 #14*, 15-17
17.4 Thin Film Interference
17D: P pp. 561-563 #21, 23*, 25*, 59*
17.5 Single Slit Diffraction
17E: P pp. 561-563 #29, 30, 31*, 64*, 65
UNIT 6B Chapter 18: Geometric Optics
18.1 The Ray Model of Light
18.2 Reflection
18A: Q p.594 #3, 4, 8 *all; P p. 596-597 #1, 6, 8, 45*
18.3 Refraction
18B: P p. 596 #9-12, 14, 16, 56, 59 *all
18.4 Image Formation by Refraction
18.5 Thin Lenses: Ray Tracing
18C: P p. 596 #19-22
18.6 Image Formation with Spherical Mirrors 18D: P pp. 596-597 #24, 25, 27, 29*
18.7 The Thin-Lens Equation
18E: P p. 597 #32, 33, 35, 37, 39, 40, 73*
UNIT 7 Chapters 27-30: Modern Physics
27.1-27.7 Summary of Relativity Theory
27A: Q pp. 903-903 #1-6, 10-13, 15*, 16*, 17*, 18*, 19*
28.2 The Photoelectric Effect
28A: Q pp. 933 #3, 6 *all; P p. 935 #7*, 9*, 12*, 54
Note: Review section 25.7
28.3 Photons
28.4 Matter Waves
28B: P pp. 935-936 #20*, 22*, 30*, 31*, 35, 59
28.5 Energy is Quantized
28.6 Energy Levels and Quantum Jumps
28.7 The Uncertainty Principle
28C: P p. 936 #38*, 41, 43-45, 49
29.1 Spectroscopy
29.2 Atoms
29.3 Bohr's Model of Atomic Quantization
29.4 The Bohr Hydrogen Atom
29A: Q p. 969 #2*; P pp. 970-971 #5, 7-9
29.5 The Quantum-Mechanical Hydrogen Atom
29.6 Multielectron Atoms
29.7 Excited State and Spectra
29.8 Molecules
29.9 Stimulated Emission and Lasers
29B: Q p. 969 #17*, 19*; P pp. 971-973 #33, 43, 55*, 56, 57, 73, 74
30.1 Nuclear Structure
30.2 Nuclear Stability
30A: Q p. 1002 #2-4 *all; P pp. 1003-1004 #2, 5, 9*, 12, 14, 15
30.3 Forces and Energy in the Nucleus
30.4 Radiation and Radioactivity
30.5 Nuclear Decay and Half-Lives
30B: Q p. 1002 #7, 10, 11, 13, 15, 16 *all
30C: P p. 1004 #22*, 23-25
30.6 Medical Applications of Nuclear Physics
30.7 The Ultimate Building Blocks of Matter
discussion only
UNIT 8 Review for AP Exam
Review Multiple choice and free response practice questions