AP Physics 2

The content for the AP Physics 2 course is based on six big ideas:
Big Idea 1 – Objects and systems have properties such as mass and charge. Systems may have internal structure.
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.

1. Electrostatics (Big Ideas 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
* Coulomb’s Law
* Electric Field
* Electric Potential

2. Electric Circuits (Big Ideas 1, 4, 5)
* Resistance
* Ohm’s Law
* DC Circuits (schematics, series, parallel, compound)
* Kirchhoff’s Laws
* Capacitance
* RC circuits

3. Magnetism & Electromagnetic Induction (Big Ideas 2, 3, 4)
* Magnetic Field
* Magnetic Force (on charged particles; on current carrying wires)
* Magnetic Flux
* Faraday’s Law
* Lenz’s Law
* Motional emf

4. Thermodynamics (Big Ideas 1, 4, 5, 7)
* Kinetic Theory
* Ideal Gases
* 1st Law of thermodynamics
* Thermodynamic Processes
* PV Diagrams
* 2nd Law of thermodynamics
* Heat engines; Carnot cycle

5. Fluids (Big Ideas 1, 3, 5)
* Density
* Pressure
* Pascal’s principle
* Buoyant force/Archimedes’ principle
* Fluid flow/continuity
* Bernoulli’s Equation

6. Optics (Big Idea 6)
* Electromagnetic spectrum
* Reflection
* Mirrors (diagram & eqn)
* Refraction & Snell’s Law
* Interference
* Diffraction
* Thin film interference

7. Atomic, Nuclear, & Modern (Big Ideas 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)
* Atomic structure & isotopes
* Fundamental Forces
* Photons
* Photoelectric Effect
* Compton Scattering / Photon Momentum & Photon-Particle Collisions
* Wave-particle duality/ DeBroglie Wavelength
* Atomic Energy levels
* Absorption & emission spectra
* Quantum Mechanics, Wave Functions & Probability
* Electron Diffraction
* Mass-energy equivalence
* Radioactive Decay (α, β, γ decay & half life)
* Fission & Fusion