Honors and AP Physics B

AP Lab page

Introduction to physics page

"If I have seen further, it is only by standing on the shoulders of giants." -Isaac Newton.

Unit 1: Measurement & problem solving in physics

Unit 2: Newtonian Mechanics

Unit 3: Fluid mechanics & Thermal physics

Unit 4: Waves & Optics

Unit 5: Electricity & Magnetism

Unit 6: Atomic & Nuclear Physics
  • Chapter 26: Relativity
  • Chapter 27: Quantum physics
  • Chapter 28: Quantum mechanics and atomic physics
  • Chapter 29: The nucleus
  • Chapter 30: Nuclear reactions and elementary particles

Exam review
Tutorial - Capacitors
Tutorial - Forces on moving charges
Tutorial - Nuclear reactions

Great links

How to succeed in AP physics

Tutorials (Khan academy)

Virtual lab simulations (PhET)

Videos and tutorials - Learn AP physics

Physics tutorials from Hippocampus

Great web site - Hyper physics

APlus Physics regents home page

Physics clips from UNSW

The physics classroom

Video lectures from MIT by videolecture.net

AP Physics B Syllabus

AP Physics is a yearlong introduction to the algebra-based 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.


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 physical phenomenon.
  4. Perform experiments, interpret the results of observations, and communicate results.

PREREQUISITES: Successful completion of Algebra II and Geometry and current enrollment in Trigonometry with one year of Honors Physics highly recommended.

COURSE LENGTH: Full year (Two Semesters) with a double period once a week for extended laboratory work.

REQUIRED TEXT: Physics, 7/E Pearson/Prentice Hall 2010

ISBN: 0-13-244275-2

  • Graphing calculator (TI-83, 84 recommended)
  • Composition book (quad ruled): I have them for one dollar