The Exams

P1 - Largely Mechanics (conceptual emphasis, lots of mathematical reasoning but little calculation)

  • Kinematics
  • Forces/Newton's Laws
  • Momentum and Impulse
  • Energy
  • Simple Harmonic Motion
  • Rotation
  • Gravitation and orbits
  • center of mass (likely will be largely conceptual)
  • inertial/gravitational mass
  • systems (not new, but increased emphasis)
  • Electric charge (no polarization)
  • Electric force
  • Simple circuits (only one parallel branch, no capacitors)
  • 1-d Waves (incl. standing waves)
  • Increased emphasis on constructing wave diagrams, incl. wave-front diagrams.
50 Multiple Choice Questions 90 Minutes, 5 Free Response Questions 90 Minutes, Calculator and Equation sheet allowed on all.

P2 - 2nd Semester topics (same conceptual emphasis as P1)

  • Electric charge, force, field
  • Electric potential and potential energy
  • Capacitance
  • DC Circuits
  • Magnetism 
  • Induction
  • Fluids 
  • Thermo 
  • Geometric Optics
  • Physical Optics
  • Special Relativity (as background)
  • Quantum and Atomic Physics
  • Nuclear Physics
50 Multiple Choice Questions 90 Minutes, 4 Free Response Questions 90 Minutes, Calculator and Equation sheet allowed on all.

Notes about the Multiple Choice questions on P1 and P2

  • very few (if any) "recall" questions
  • increased conceptual complexity, very few (if any) single concept problems
  • there are 5 multiple correct  questions on each test "2 or more choices are correct"

Notes about the Free Response questions on P1 and P2

  • One short answer question that asks for a paragraph-length explanation
  • One qualitative-quantitative translation question
  • One experimental design question

Science Practices - expect increased emphasis on:

  • INQUIRY, INQUIRY, INQUIRY
  • Lab skills 25% lab time (before it was 20%)
  • expectation that students can
    • design an experiment
    • refine a scientific question
    • evaluate a data set in light of a scientific question
    • investigate claims
    • and more
  • multiple representations
  • uncertainty - relative uncertainty, standard deviation . . .
  • scientific reasoning
  • scientific questioning
  • data analysis

AP Physics C

Mechanics

  • Kinematics
  • Forces/Newton's Laws
  • Momentum and Impulse
  • Energy
  • Simple Harmonic Motion
  • Rotation
  • Gravitation and orbits
  • Applications of calculus
Electricity and Magnetism
  • Electric charge, force, field
  • Gauss's Law
  • Electric potential and potential energy
  • Capacitance
  • DC Circuits, including RC
  • Magnetism
  • Biot-Savart and Ampere's Law 
  • Induction
  • Faraday's Law
  • RL and LC Circuits
  • Electromagnetic Waves and Maxwell's Equations
Both C exams, 35 multiple choice questions in 45 minutes, 3 free response questions in 45 minutes
  • A calculator and equation table allowed on all parts of exam.
  • much greater calculation proficiency is expected than in P1 and P2 
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