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AP Physics 2 Course Home Page

Important Updates

New Course and Exam Description

In response to teacher feedback, the 2017 AP Physics 2 Course and Exam Description (pdf/3.2MB) is now a stand-alone document that is clearer and easier-to-use. Learn more.

Welcome, AP Teachers! The AP Physics 2 course 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.

Essential Course Resources

AP Physics 2 Course and Exam Description (PDF/3.2MB)
— Fall 2017

This is the core document for this course. It clearly lays out the course content and learning objectives, describes the exam, and provides sample questions and rubrics. If you have the print edition, please see this errata.

What's New in the 2017 Edition
This edition of the CED no longer combines AP Physics 1 and AP Physics 2. While the scope, sequence, and course content for AP Physics 2 has not changed, the content outline in this edition is now arranged by topic and presented in a tabular format to more clearly show the relationships between big ideas, enduring understandings, learning objectives, and essential knowledge statements. For more information, see page 1.

Laboratory Requirement and Lab Notebooks
Laboratory experience must be part of the education of AP Physics students and should be included in all AP Physics courses. Colleges may require students to present their laboratory materials from AP science courses before granting college credit for laboratory, so students are encouraged to retain their laboratory notebooks, reports, and other materials.

The Lab Manual Resources page provides information about the laboratory requirement and a link to the AP Physics 1 and 2 Inquiry-Based Lab Investigations teacher manual.

Essential Exam Resources

The Exam Information page has full details about the current exam and provides access to former test questions.

The Free-Response Questions index provides questions from the most recent exam and exams from previous years.

You can access secure exams for classroom use by logging in to your AP Course Audit account.

Access online score reports for your students.

AP Course Audit Information

The AP Course Audit provides teachers and administrators with clear guidelines on curricular and resource requirements, textbook recommendations, and more. All schools wishing to label a course "AP" must submit a subject-specific AP Course Audit form and the course syllabus for each teacher of that AP course. Your course page has course planning resources, such as curricular requirements, syllabus development guides, sample syllabi, example textbook lists, and more.

Benefits of Becoming an Authorized AP Teacher

Inclusion of authorized courses on the AP Course Ledger so that colleges and universities can verify student transcripts

Feedback on your syllabus

Access to secure practice exams

Visit the AP Course Audit site to log in or create an account.

Professional Development

The College Board offers both face-to-face and online professional development workshops, available for new and experienced AP teachers as well as AP coordinators and administrators. Led by experienced instructors, subject-specific AP workshops provide educators with the support and training needed to develop effective strategies for teaching an AP course.

Classroom Resources

The Teacher Community lets you share resources and teaching strategies with fellow educators.

The Classroom Resources page provides a diverse selection of supplemental materials, including lesson plans and teaching strategies, from the College Board and your AP colleagues.

The AP Physics 2 Student page has valuable information and resources for your students.

College Board Store

Find AP Physics 2 publications, released exams, and more in the College Board Store.

AP and Higher Education

Higher Education professionals play a key role developing AP courses and exams, setting credit and placement policies, and scoring student work. The AP Higher Ed site features information on recruitment and admission, advising and placement, and more.

This chart shows recommended scores for granting credit, and how much credit should be awarded, for each AP course. Your students can look up credit and placement policies for colleges and universities on the AP Credit Policy search.

Meet the current Development Committee for AP Physics 2.

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