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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
    • Faraday’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.   :phew:


     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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