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AP Physics B
Why an Advanced Placement Physics Course B?
- AP Physics Course B provides a foundation in physics for students in the life sciences, pre-medicine, and some applied sciences, as well as other fields not directly related to science.
- It is not the usual preparation for more advanced physics and engineering courses.
- The course provides a systematic development of the main principles of physics; emphasizing problem solving and helping students develop a deep understanding of physics concepts.
- Students should be familiar with algebra and trigonometry, and some basic concepts of calculus.
Who can take up the AP Physics Course B?
- Students who have the knowledge of the introductory college physics courses.
- Students who are familiar with algebra and trigonometry, and some basic concepts of calculus.
What is the AP Physics Course B all about?
- It is usually a one year course. The Physics B course includes topics in both classical and modern physics. The Physics B Exam covers topics in mechanics, electricity and magnetism, fluid mechanics and thermal physics, waves and optics, and atomic and nuclear physics; a single exam grade is reported.
What does a student get at eTutorWorld?
- At etutorworld, we design approaches that best fit the needs of our students so the goals of the course are met.
- Students are able to read, understand, and interpret physical information - verbal, mathematical and graphical.
- Students learn to describe and explain the sequence of steps in the analysis of a physical phenomenon or problem.
- Students use basic mathematical reasoning to solve a physical problem.
More on AP Physics Course B:
- Calculators are not permitted on the multiple-choice sections of the Physics B exam. Calculators are allowed on the free-response section of the exam.
- This year the AP Physics B exam will be held on May 10, 2010.
- For more on the AP Physics B course and exam please go to www.collegeboard.com
Newton’s laws of motion
- Vectors, vector algebra, components of vectors
- Coordinate systems
- Displacement, velocity, and aceleration
- Motion in one dimension
- Motion in two dimensions including projectile motion
Work, energy, power
- Static equilibrium (first law)
- Dynamics of a single particle (second law)
- Systems of two or more objects (third law)
Systems of particles
- Work and work–energy theorem
- Forces and potential energy
- Conservation of energy
- Linear momentum
- Impulse and momentum
- Conservation of linear momentum, collisions
- Circular motion
- Rotational motion
- Torque and rotational statics
- Oscillations and gravitation
- Simple harmonic motion (dynamics and energy relationships)
- Mass on a spring
- Pendulum and other oscillations
- Newton’s law of gravity
- Orbits of planets and satellites a. Circular path
- Hydrostatic pressure
- Fluid flow continuity
- Bernoulli’s equation
| Thermal Physics
- Temperature and heat
- Mechanical equivalent of heat
- Heat transfer and thermal expansion
- Kinetic theory
- Ideal gases
- Kinetic model
- Ideal gas law
- Laws of thermodynamics
- First law (including processes on pV diagrams)
- Second law (including heat engines)
- Charge and Coulomb’s law
- Electric field and electric potential (including point charges)
- Electrostatics with conductors
- Parallel plate capacitors
- Electric circuits
- Current, resistance, power
- Steady-state direct current circuits with batteries and resistors only
- Capacitors in circuits a. Steady state
- Magnetic Fields
- Forces on moving charges in magnetic fields
- Forces on current-carrying wires in magnetic fields
- Fields of long current-carrying wires
- Electromagnetic induction (including Faraday’s law and Lenz’s law)
- Wave motion (including sound)
- Traveling waves
- Wave propagation
- Standing waves
- Physical optics
- Interference and diffraction
- Dispersion of light and the electromagnetic spectrum
- Geometric optics
- Reflection and refraction
- Atomic and Nuclear Physics
- Atomic physics and quantum effects
- Photons, the photoelectric effect
- Compton scattering,
- Atomic energy levels
- Wave-particle duality
- Nuclear physics
- Nuclear reactions (including conservation of mass number and charge)
- Mass–energy equivalence