AP Physics B Course Syllabus

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AP Physics B

Course
Syllabus

Fall Semester


Content
Area

Unit

AP Physics Topics

Earth & Space Science Topics

Chapters

Weeks

(Approximate)

Science
Skills

Science Skills

(Summer
Assignment)

Measurement, Converting Units, Analyzing
Graphs, Estimation,

Dimensional Analysis
,
Solving Equations

Astronomical Units

1

1

Waves &
Optics


Wave Motion

Simple Harmonic Motion,
Wave Motion,
Standing Waves, Reflection, Interference, Sound
Waves
, Electromagnetic Waves

Earthquakes

11
-
1, 11
-
3,
11
-
7 through
11
-
13, 12
-
1
, 12
-
4

through

12
-
7
, 22
-
3, 22
-
4

2

Newtonian
Mechanics

Motion

Motion in One Dimension

Light
-
Years,

Evidence of Tectonic Plate
Movement

2

3

Vectors, Projectile Motion, Circular Motion

3, 5
-
1

Newton’s Laws

Force, Static Equilibrium, Dynamic Systems
,
U
niform Circular Motion,
Centripetal Force
,
Gravitation & Coulomb’s Law, Superposition of
Forces

Gravity as the Inward Force in
a Star

4
, 5
-
2,
5
-
3
, 5
-
6 through 5
-
8, 16
-
1, 16
-
5 & 16
-
6

4

Fluid
Mechanics
& Thermal
Physics

Fluid Mechanics I

(Statics)

Pressure,

Density, Pascal’s Principle,
Archimedes Principle & Buoyant Force

Fusion as an Outward Force on
a Star

10
-
2 through 10
-
7

2

Newtonian
Mechanics

Linear
Momentum

Momentum, Impulse, Conservation of
Momentum


7

1

Rotational Statics


Torque, The Four Conditi
ons for Equilibrium


8
-
4, 9
-
1, 9
-
2 & 9
-
4

1

Newtonian
Mechanics

Work & Energy

Work, Power, Conservation of Energy, Work
-
Energy Theorem, Energy & Simple Harmonic
Motion
, Electric Potential Energy, Gravitational
Potential Energy between Planets


6, 11
-
2
, 17
-
1

3

Newtonian
Mechanics

Space Science

(Independent Study)

Planetary Orbits

Life
-
Cycle of a Star, Formation
of Planetary Systems,
Formation of Galaxies, Big
Bang Theory


0

Spring Semester


Content
Area

Unit

AP Physics Topics

Earth & Space Science Topics

Chapters

Weeks

(Approximate)

Fluid
Mechanics
& Thermal
Physics


Fluid Mechanics
II

Continuity of Fluid Flow, Bernoulli’s
Equation


10
-
8 & 10
-
9

1

Waves &
Optics

Optics

Wave
-
Particle Duality, Interference &
Diffraction, the Electromagnetic Spectrum,

Reflection & Refraction, Mirrors, Lenses

Analyzing Star Light, Doppler
Effect

22
-
3, 23, 24
-
1, 24
-
3
through 24
-
6

2

Atomic &
Nuclear
Physics

Atomic Physics &
Quantum Effects

Photons, the Photoelectric Effect, Compton
Scattering, X
-
rays, Atomic Energy Level
s

Planck Curves

27

2

Fluid
Mechanics
& Thermal
Physics


Kinetic Theory

&
Thermodynamics

Atomic Theory of Matter, Mechanical
Equivalent of Heat, Heat Transfer, Thermal
Expansion, Ideal Gases, First & Second Laws
of Thermodynamics, Heat Engines, pV
Diagrams

Convection in the Earth’s Mantle,
Volcanoes, Gravity as an Internal
Source of Heat

14 & 15

2

Electricity
&
Magnetism

Electrostatics

Electric Charge, Coulomb’s Law, Electric
Field, , Electric Field Lines, Superposition of
Forces & Fields


16
-
1 through 16
-
9

3

Electric Potential Energy, Electric Potential,
Superposition of Electric Potential,
Capacitance, Parallel Plate Capacitors, Storing
Electric Energy

17
-
1, 17
-
2,

17
-
3, 17
-
5,
17
-
7 & 17
-
9

Electric Circuits

Electric Battery, Electric Current, Ohm’s
Law,
Resistivity, Electric Power, DC Circuits, RC
Circuits


18
-
1 through 18
-
5, 19
-
1
through 19
-
6

2

Electromagnetism

Forces on Moving Charges & Current
Carrying Wires in a Magnetic Field, Magnetic
Fields produced by Long Current Carrying
Wires, Electromag
netic Induction, Faraday’s
Law, Lenz’s Law


20
-
1 through 20
-
7, 21
-
1
through 21
-
5

2

Atomic &
Nuclear
Physics

Nuclear Physics

Nuclear Reactions, Mass
-
Energy Equivalence

Comparing Methods of
Measuring Geologic Time,
Fission as an Internal Source of
Energy in

the Earth, Fusion as an
Internal Source of Energy in a
Star

30
-
1 through 30
-
7

1