# Course Content Breakdown, AP-B to AP-1/2

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Below please find attached my attempt at breaking down the new course changes by topic.

AP Physics 1 & 2

• Introduction
• What is Physics?
• Math Review
• Metric System
• Significant Figures
• Scientific Notation
• Accuracy & Precision
• Vectors and Scalars
• Mechanics (AP-1 only)
• Kinematics
• Defining Motion
• Graphing Motion
• Kinematic Equations
• Free Fall
• Projectile Motion (AP-2 only)
• Relative Motion
• Dynamics
• Forces
• Newton’s 1st Law of Motion
• Free Body Diagrams
• Newton’s 2nd Law of Motion
• Newton’s 3rd Law of Motion
• Friction
• Ramps and Inclines
• Atwood Machines
• Linear Momentum
• Momentum and Impulse
• Impulse-Momentum Theorem
• Types of Collisions
• Conservation of Momentum
• 1 Dimension
• 2 Dimensions (AP-2 only)
• Center of Mass (AP-1 qualitative, AP-2 quantitative)
• Circular Motion and Gravity
• Describing Circular Motion
• Circular Speed and Velocity
• Frequency and Period
• Centripetal Force
• Centripetal Acceleration
• Centripetal Force
• Analyzing Circular Motion
• Horizontal Circles
• Vertical Circles
• Gravitation
• Universal Gravitation
• Gravitational Fields
• Orbits
• Kepler’s Laws of Planetary Motion
• Rotational Motion
• Rotational Kinematics (AP-1 only)
• Torque
• Rotational Equilibrium
• Rotational Dynamics (AP-1 only)
• Moment of Inertia
• Newton’s 2nd Law for Rotation
• Angular Momentum
• Rotational Kinetic Energy
• Work, Energy, and Power
• Work
• Hooke’s Law
• Power
• Energy
• Kinetic Energy
• Gravitational Potential Energy
• Elastic Potential Energy
• Work-Energy Theorem
• Conservation of Energy
• Mechanical Energy
• Atwood Machines
• Springs
• Oscillations
• Simple Harmonic Motion
• Mass on a String
• Pendulums
• Fluids (AP-2 only)
• Density & Buoyancy
• Pressure & Pascal’s Principle
• Continuity Equation for Fluids
• Bernoulli’s Principle
• Thermal Physics (AP-2 only)
• Mechanical Equivalent of Heat
• Temperature
• Thermal Expansion
• Heat Transfer
• Ideal Gases
• Thermodynamics
• Electrostatics
• Charges
• Standard Model
• Coulomb’s Law
• Electric Fields
• Electric Potential Difference
• Capacitors (AP-2)
• Circuits
• Current
• Resistance
• Ohm’s Law
• Electrical Meters
• Series Circuits
• Parallel Circuits
• Combination Circuits
• RC Circuits (AP-2)
• Magnetostatics (AP-2)
• Magnets
• Magnetic Permeability
• Magnetic Dipole Moment
• Magnetic Fields
• Forces on Moving Charges
• Forces on Current-Carrying Wires
• Fields of Current-Carrying Wires
• Electromagnetism (AP-2)
• Magnetic Flux
• Lenz’s Law
• Waves and Optics
• Wave Motion
• Wave Characteristics
• Wave Equation
• Sound Waves
• Interference & Superposition (w/ Beats)
• Standing Waves
• Doppler Effect
• Physical Optics (AP-2 only)
• Interference
• Diffraction
• Single Slit Diffraction
• Double Slit Diffraction
• Diffraction Gratings
• Thin Film Interference
• Dispersion
• Electromagnetic Spectrum
• Geometric Optics (AP-2 only)
• Reflection & Mirrors
• Refraction & Lenses
• Modern Physics (AP-2 only)
• Atomic Physics
• Photons
• Energy of a Photon
• Momentum of a Photon
• Photoelectric Effect
• Compton Scattering
• X-Ray Production
• Atomic Energy Levels
• Energy Level Diagrams
• Emission and Absorption Spectra
• Nuclear Physics
• Nuclear Reactions
• Conservation of Mass Number and Charge
• Nuclear Force
• Nuclear Fission
• Mass-Energy Equivalence

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Thank you for sharing.  I am just getting started on this too.  I noticed that some of the topics have AP 1 and some have AP 2 next to them but some do not have anything.  Does that indicate that those topics will be covered in both courses?  I have been teaching Physics B but some of my students who are enrolled in Calculus take the AP C test too.  My school is a small rural one so there is only one class.  I'm not sure how the Physics 1 and 2 will work here since both are one year courses (we are on the six weeks schedule, not a block schedule).

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Hi lcolman,

Correct, some topics aren't listed as either AP-1 or AP-2, meaning that they'll be covered or are required, at least to some minimal level, in both courses.  For example, students are expected to know very basic circuits in AP-1, and I expect the level of difficulty will go up significantly in AP-2.  Like you, we teach AP-B as well as AP-C (both Mech and E&M), so are in a bit of a strange place.

Are you a physics instructor?  If so, shoot me an e-mail and I'll upgrade you to full Educator access, which will give you access to some of the teacher-only forums (including the forum with the discussion about how to handle the shift from AP-B to AP-1 / AP-2, the ability to moderate posts, add calendar events, upload files to the Downloads section, etc.  Thanks, and make it a great day!

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