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AP Preparation Physics 2

  • AP & SAT Prep


AVAILABILITY: Blyth Academy Online

Please Note: This is a preparation course only. A credit will not be issued by Blyth Academy Online. Students wishing to earn an Advanced Placement credit must write the official AP exam that is administered by the College Board.

Course Overview

AP Physics is an algebra-based, introductory college-level physics course. Students cultivate their understanding of Physics through inquiry-based investigations as they explore topics such as fluid statics and dynamics; thermodynamics with kinetic theory; PV diagrams and probability; electrostatics; electrical circuits with capacitors; magnetic fields; electromagnetism; physical and geometric optics; and quantum, atomic, and nuclear physics.

Science Practices

Essential Question: How can you plan and implement data collection strategies in relation to a particular scientific question?

In this unit, students will learn about the three fundamental System International units. Students will also learn about vectors and their applications. Finally, students will learn about the accuracy and precision of a measurement.

Fluid Mechanics

Essential Question: How are moving fluids used to transfer energy and by what method is the pressure of a fluid measured?

In this unit, students will learn about Hydrostatic pressure and how to calculate it. Students will also learn about buoyancy and fluid flow continuity. Students will learn Bernoulli’s equation and about the Bernoulli Effect, as well as viscous flow.


Essential Question: How are gases used to do work and what influences a heat engine whether its used as a refrigerator or a heat pump?

In this unit, students will explore thermal expansion and the ideal gas laws. Students will learn about the mechanical equivalent of heat. Students will learn about the different changes of state and the transfer of thermal energy. Finally, students will learn the laws of thermodynamics.


Essential Question: How are field forces different than contact forces and what will determine the results of a distribution of charge?

In this unit, students will learn about electric charge and Coulomb’s law. Students will also explore electric fields and electric potential.

Current Electricity

Essential Question: How do simple circuits conserve energy and how does a capacitor and resistor form a simple circuit?

In this unit, students will learn about electrostatics with conductors and capacitors. Students will learn the concepts of current, resistance and power. Students will also discuss direct current and circuits, resistor-capacitor circuits and Kirchoff’s rules.


Essential Question: How is a current induced by a moving magnet and why does a current create a magnetic field?

In this unit, students will learn about magnetism. Students will gain an understanding of forces on a moving charge and forces on current-carrying wires in magnetic fields. Students will also learn about Faraday’s law of electromagnetic induction.

Light and Optics

Essential Question: How is an image focused on a screen and how are light waves diffracted?

In this unit, students will learn about light and optics. This unit will go over wave basics, including the types of waves. Students will explore reflection, refraction and the different types of mirrors. Students will also learn about lenses and Ray diagrams.

Atomic and Nuclear Physics

Essential Question: How can light behave like a particle and why can waves describe one of the basic features of matter?

In this unit, students will learn about photons and the photoelectric effect. Students will study atomic energy levels and wave-particle duality. Students will learn about nuclear reactions and the different types of decay. Students will also learn about mass-energy equivalence.

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