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SCP612: AP Phys B+ (2013-2014)

CURRICULUM PROGRAM: Advanced Placement
CALENDAR YEAR: 2013-2014

Major Concepts/Content: AP Physics B covers major areas of physics—mechanics, fluids, waves, optics, electricity, magnetism, and modern physics (atomic and nuclear). Students learn to think like scientists: making predictions based on observations, writing hypothesis, designing and completing experiments, and reaching conclusions based on the analysis of data derived from these experiments. Students apply the concepts of physics to their everyday experiences and current events and issues in science and engineering. The course provides opportunities for guided inquiry and student-centered learning to foster critical thinking skills.

DoDEA Physics Standards

Course Objectives:

After completing the course, students will be able to:

  1. Read, understand, and interpret physical information.
  2. Demonstrate proficiency in explaining and solving algebra-based problems in the major areas of physics.
  3. Apply the concepts and procedures of scientific reasoning to understanding physics phenomenon.
  4. Perform experiments, interpret the results of observations, and communicate results.

Course Outline Semester 1:

Module I: Kinematics

  • Section A: Motion in One Dimension
  • Section B: Two-Dimensional Motion

Module II: Newton’s Laws of Motion

  • Section A: Concepts of Newton’s Laws
  • Section B: Newton’s Laws Problem Solving
  • Section C: Systems of Two or More Objects

Module III: Work, Energy, Power, and Momentum

  • Section A: Work and Energy
  • Section B: Conservation of Energy
  • Section C: Power
  • Section D: Momentum

Module IV: Circular, Rotational, and Gravitational Motion

  • Section A: Circular and Rotational Kinematics
  • Section B: Circular and Rotational Dynamics
  • Section C: Gravitational Motion

Module V: Fluid Mechanics

  • Section A: Density and Pressure
  • Section B: Buoyancy
  • Section C: Fluids in Motion

Module VI: Thermal Physics

  • Section A: Heat and Temperature
  • Section B: Ideal Gases
  • Section C: Laws of Thermodynamics

Semester 1 Exam

Course Outline Semester 2:

Module VII: Electrostatics

  • Section A: Electric Charges and Fields
  • Section B: Electric Potential
  • Section C: Conductors
  • Section D: Capacitance

Module VIII: Electric Current

  • Section A: Currents, Resistance, and Power
  • Section B: Direct Current Circuits
  • Section C: Capacitors in Circuits

Module IX: Magnetic Fields and Electromagnetism

  • Section A: Magnetic Forces and Fields
  • Section B: Electromagnetic Induction

Module X: Vibrations and Waves

  • Section A: Simple Harmonic Motion
  • Section B: Waves
  • Section C: Sound

Module XI: Optics

  • Section A: Electromagnetic Spectrum
  • Section B: Reflection and Mirrors
  • Section C: Refraction and Lenses
  • Section D: Interference, Diffraction, and Polarization

Module XII: Modern Physics

  • Section A: Atomic Physics and Quantum Effects
  • Section B: Atomic Energy Levels and Wave-Particle Duality
  • Section C: Nuclear Physics

Preparing for the AP Physics Exam

  • Section A: Preparing for the Exam
  • Section B: The Final Exam

Essential Software:


The principle textbook for the course is Giancoli’s Physics Fifth Revised Edition which is published by Prentice Hall.

Online Resource

The course also uses a book and CD entitled Physlet Physics: Interactive Illustrations, Explorations and Problems for Introductory Physics by E. Christian and Belloni, 2003.

This resource attempts to teach modern physics to students by enabling them to visualize various physical phenomena via Java applets designed to demonstrate various physics concepts - thus the name "physlets". The book and its accompanying CD contain around 250 such physlets that span a broad spectrum of physics concepts.

Course Notes: Weighted - Must Take AP Exam (+ indicated Weighted)