AP Physics 2
AP Physics 2 is a one year, algebra-based course in general physics that is comparable in scope and level to the second semester of a college physics course. The course follows the College Board AP Physics 2 curriculum and prepares students to take the AP Physics 2 exam. The content in the course is centered on seven big ideas, as specified by the College Board:
Big Idea 1 – Objects and systems have properties such as mass and charge. Systems may have internal structure.
Big Idea 2 – Fields existing in space can be used to explain interactions.
Big Idea 3 – The interactions of an object with other objects can be described by forces.
Big Idea 4 – Interactions between systems can result in changes in those systems.
Big Idea 5 – Changes that occur as a result of interactions are constrained by conservation laws.
Big Idea 6 – Waves can transfer energy and momentum from one location to another without the permanent transfer of mass and serve as a mathematical model for the description of other phenomena.
Big Idea 7- The mathematics of probability can be used to describe the behavior of complex systems and to interpret the behavior of quantum mechanical systems
The emphasis in this course is on student-centered learning through inquiry, in which students are expected to develop the principles of physics for themselves.