#### AP Physics: Course Outline Updated 2015

**Unit I. **Newtonian Mechanics

**A. Kinematics (including vectors, vector algebra, components of vectors, coordinate systems, displacement, velocity, and acceleration)**

- 1. Motion in one dimension
- 2. Motion in two dimensions including projectile motion

**B. Newton’s laws of motion**

- 1. Static equilibrium (first law)
- 2. Dynamics of a single particle (second law)
- 3. Systems of two or more bodies (third law)

**C. Work, energy, power**

- 1. Work and work-energy theorem
- 2. Forces and potential energy
- 3. Conservation of energy
- 4. Power

**D. Systems of particles, linear momentum**

- 1. Center of mass
- 2. Impulse and momentum
- 3. Conservation of linear momentum, collisions

**E. Circular motion and rotation**

- 1. Uniform circular motion
- 2. Torque and rotational statics
- 3. Rotational kinematics and dynamics
- 4. Angular momentum and its conservation

**F. Oscillations and gravitation**

- 1. Simple harmonic motion (dynamics and energy relationships)
- 2. Mass on a spring
- 3. Pendulum and other oscillations
- 4. Newton’s law of gravity
- 5. Orbits of planets and satellites
- A. Circular
- B. General

**Unit II. **Fluid Mechanics and Thermal Physics

**A. Fluid Mechanics**

- 1. Hydrostatic pressure
- 2. Buoyancy
- 3. Fluid flow continuity
- 4. Bernoulli’s equation

**B. Temperature and heat**

- 1. Mechanical equivalent of heat
- 2. Heat transfer and thermal expansion

**C. Kinetic theory and thermodynamics**

- 1. Ideal gases
- A. Kinetic model
- B. Ideal gas law
- 2. Laws of thermodynamics
- A. First law (including processes on pV diagrams)
- B. Second law (including heat engines)

**Unit III. **Electricity and Magnetism

**A. Electrostatics**

- 1. Charge and Coulomb’s law
- 2. Electric field and electric potential (including point charges)
- 3. Gauss’s law
- 4. Fields and potentials of other charge distributions

**B. Conductors, capacitors, dielectrics**

- 1. Electrostatics with conductors
- 2. Capacitors
- A. Capacitance
- B. Parallel plate
- C. Spherical and cylindrical
- 3. Dielectrics

**C. Electric circuits**

- 1. Current, resistance, power
- 2. Steady-state direct current circuits with batteries and resistors only
- 3. Capacitors in circuits
- A. Steady state
- B. Transients in RC circuits

**D. Magnetic Fields**

- 1. Forces on moving charges in magnetic fields
- 2. Forces on current-carrying wires in magnetic fields
- 3. Fields of long current-carrying wires
- 4. Biot-Savart’s law and Ampere’s law

**E. Electromagnetism**

- 1. Electromagnetic induction (including Faraday’s law and Lenz’s law)
- 2. Inductance (including LR and LC circuits)
- 3. Maxwell’s equations

**Unit IV.**Waves and Optics

**A. Wave motion (including sound)**

- 1. Traveling waves
- 2. Wave propagation
- 3. Standing waves
- 4. Superposition

**B. Physical optics**

- 1. Interference and diffraction
- 2. Dispersion of light and the electromagnetic spectrum

**C. Geometric optics**

- 1. Reflection and refraction
- 2. Mirrors
- 3. Lenses

**Unit V. **Atomic and Nuclear Physics

**A. Atomic physics and quantum effects**

- 1. Photons, the photoelectric effect, Compton scattering, x-rays
- 2. Atomic energy levels
- 3. Wave-particle duality

**B. Nuclear physics**

- 1. Nuclear reactions (including conservation of mass number and charge)
- 2. Mass-energy equivalence

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