AP Physics Syllabus 2009x

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AP Physics Syllabus 2009
-
2010


Taken from the
AP Physics B Syllabus
, College

Board, AP Physics Workshop Handbook 2009


I. Introduction



Unit 1: Math and Data Review

(~1
.5

week)




Algebra and data collection review



Vector addition using both graphing and
algebra


II. Newtonian Mechanics


Unit 2: Kinematics

(~2.5 weeks)




Motion in one dimension

1.

Position and velocity graphs

2.

Equations of motion with constant acceleration



Motion in two dimensions

1.

Projectiles

2.

Circular motion


Unit 3: Newton’s Laws

(~2.5 weeks)




Static equilibrium (first law)



Dynamics of single body (second law)



Systems of two or more bodies (third law)



Gravitation



Applications

1.

Inclined planes

2.

Static and kinetic friction

3.

Planetary motion


Unit 4: Work, Energy, Power and Momentum

(~2.5 weeks)




Wor
k and Work
-
Kinetic Energy Theorem



Conservation forces and potential energy

1.

Gravity

2.

Springs



Conservation of mechanical energy



Power



Simple harmonic motion

1.

Springs and pendulums

2.

Energies of simple harmonic motion



Momentum

1.

Impulse
-
Momentum Theorem

2.

Conservation of linear momentum and collisions

3.

Conservation of angular momentum


III. Fluid Mechanics and Thermal Physics


Unit 5: Fluid Mechanics

(~2 weeks)




Density and pressure

1.

Pressure vs. depth

2.

Pascal’s Law



Buoyancy and Archimedes Principle



Fluid flow

continuity



Bermouli’s equation



Applications

1.

Hydraulics

2.

Flotation

3.

Flight

4.

Plumbing


Unit 6: Thermal Physics

(~2.5 weeks)




Temperature and thermal effects

1.

Mechanical equivalent of heat

2.

Heat transfer and thermal expansion

3.

Calorimetry



Kinetic Theory, Ideal
gases and Gas Laws



Thermodynamics



First Law of Thermodynamics

1.

Internal energy

2.

Energy conservation

3.

Molar heat capacity of a gas



Second Law of Thermodynamics

1.

Directions of processes

2.

Entropy



Heat engines and refrigerators


IV. Electricity and Magnetism


Unit
7: Electrostatics

(~2.5

weeks)




Coulomb’s Law



Electric fields and Gauss’ Law



Electric potential energy and electric potential



Capacitance

1.

Graphical description

2.

Capacitors in series and parallel


Unit 8: Current Electricity

(~2
.5

weeks)




Electric circuits

1.

Emf, current, resistance and power

2.

DC circuits

a.

Series and parallel circuits

b.

Batteries and internal resistance

c.

Ohm’s Law and Kirchhoff’s Rules

d.

Voltmeters and ammeters

e.

Capacitors in circuits


3. Applications


Unit 9: Electromagnetism

(~2
.5

weeks)




M
agnetostatics

1.

Force of a magnetic field on a moving charge

2.

Force of a magnetic field on a current carrying wire

3.

Magnetic fields due to straight and coiled wires



Electromagnetic introduction

1.

Magnetic flux

2.

Faraday’s Law and Lenz’s Law



Applications


V. Waves
and Optics


Unit 10: Wave Motion and Sound

(~2

weeks)




Description and characteristics of waves



Standing waves and harmonics

1.

String

2.

Open and closed tube



Doppler Effect



Sound intensity and power



Musical applications


Unit 11: Optics

(~2.5 weeks)




Geometric
optics

1.

Reflection, refraction and Snell’s Law

2.

Images formed by mirrors

3.

Images formed by lenses

4.

Ray diagrams and the thin lens/mirror equation



Physical optics

1.

Electromagnetic spectrum

2.

Interference and path difference

3.

Interference effects


VI. Atomic and
Modern Physics


Unit 12: Modern physics

(~1.5 weeks)




Atomic physics and quantum effects

1.

Photons and photoelectric effect

2.

X
-
ray production

3.

Electron energy levels

4.

Compton scattering



Nuclear physics

1.

Nuclear processes

a.

Modes of radioactive decay

b.

Fission

c.

Fusion