AP® COLLEGE PHYSICS COURSE
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The AP® College Physics course contains 278 selfgrading microlearning lessons that work instantly inside your Learning Management System (LMS).
The AP® College Physics Course is designed to engage students in their exploration of physics and help them apply these concepts. Because physics is integral to modern technology and other sciences, the course also includes content that goes beyond the scope of the AP® course to further student understanding.
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Physics: An Introduction

Physical Quantities and Units

Accuracy, Precision, and Significant Figures

Approximation
 Final Assessment

Displacement

Vectors, Scalars, and Coordinate Systems

Time, Velocity, and Speed

Acceleration

Motion Equations for Constant Acceleration in One Dimension

ProblemSolving Basics for OneDimensional Kinematics

Falling Objects

Graphical Analysis of OneDimensional Motion
 Final Assessment

Kinematics in Two Dimensions: An Introduction

Vector Addition and Subtraction: Graphical Methods

Vector Addition and Subtraction: Analytical Methods

Projectile Motion

Addition of Velocities
 Final Assessment

Development of Force Concept

Newton’s First Law of Motion: Inertia

Newton’s Second Law of Motion: Concept of a System

Newton’s Third Law of Motion: Symmetry in Forces

Normal, Tension, and Other Examples of Forces

ProblemSolving Strategies

Further Applications of Newton’s Laws of Motion

Extended Topic: The Four Basic Forces—An Introduction
 Final Assessment

Friction

Drag Forces

Elasticity: Stress and Strain
 Final Assessment

Rotation Angle and Angular Velocity

Centripetal Acceleration

Centripetal Force

Fictitious Forces and Noninertial Frames: The Coriolis Force

Newton’s Universal Law of Gravitation

Satellites and Kepler’s Laws: An Argument for Simplicity
 Final Assessment

Work: The Scientific Definition

Kinetic Energy and the WorkEnergy Theorem

Gravitational Potential Energy

Conservative Forces and Potential Energy

Nonconservative Forces

Conservation of Energy

Power

Work, Energy, and Power in Humans

World Energy Use
 Final Assessment

Linear Momentum and Force

Impulse

Conservation of Momentum

Elastic Collisions in One Dimension

Inelastic Collisions in One Dimension

Collisions of Point Masses in Two Dimensions

Introduction to Rocket Propulsion
 Final Assessment

The First Condition for Equilibrium

The Second Condition for Equilibrium

Stability

Applications of Statics, Including ProblemSolving Strategies

Simple Machines

Forces and Torques in Muscles and Joints
 Final Assessment

Angular Acceleration

Kinematics of Rotational Motion

Dynamics of Rotational Motion: Rotational Inertia

Rotational Kinetic Energy: Work and Energy Revisited

Angular Momentum and Its Conservation

Collisions of Extended Bodies in Two Dimensions

Gyroscopic Effects: Vector Aspects of Angular Momentum
 Final Assessment

What Is a Fluid?

Density

Pressure

Variation of Pressure with Depth in a Fluid

Pascal’s Principle

Gauge Pressure, Absolute Pressure, and Pressure Measurement

Archimedes’ Principle

Cohesion and Adhesion in Liquids: Surface Tension and Capillary Action

Pressures in the Body
 Final Assessment

Flow Rate and Its Relation to Velocity

Bernoulli’s Equation

The Most General Applications of Bernoulli’s Equation

Viscosity and Laminar Flow; Poiseuille’s Law

The Onset of Turbulence

Motion of an Object in a Viscous Fluid

Molecular Transport Phenomena: Diffusion, Osmosis, and Related Processes
 Final Assessment

Temperature

Thermal Expansion of Solids and Liquids

The Ideal Gas Law

Kinetic Theory: Atomic and Molecular Explanation of Pressure and Temperature

Phase Changes

Humidity, Evaporation, and Boiling
 Final Assessment

Heat

Temperature Change and Heat Capacity

Phase Change and Latent Heat

Heat Transfer Methods

Conduction

Convection

Radiation
 Final Assessment

The First Law of Thermodynamics

The First Law of Thermodynamics and Some Simple Processes

Introduction to the Second Law of Thermodynamics: Heat Engines and Their Efficiency

Carnot’s Perfect Heat Engine: The Second Law of Thermodynamics Restated

Applications of Thermodynamics: Heat Pumps and Refrigerators

Entropy and the Second Law of Thermodynamics: Disorder and the Unavailability of Energy

Statistical Interpretation of Entropy and the Second Law of Thermodynamics: The Underlying Explanation
 Final Assessment

Hooke’s Law: Stress and Strain Revisited

Period and Frequency in Oscillations

Simple Harmonic Motion: A Special Periodic Motion

The Simple Pendulum

Energy and the Simple Harmonic Oscillator

Uniform Circular Motion and Simple Harmonic Motion

Damped Harmonic Motion

Forced Oscillations and Resonance

Waves

Superposition and Interference

Energy in Waves: Intensity
 Final Assessment

Sound

Speed of Sound, Frequency, and Wavelength

Sound Intensity and Sound Level

Doppler Effect and Sonic Booms

Sound Interference and Resonance: Standing Waves in Air Columns

Hearing

Ultrasound
 Final Assessment

Static Electricity and Charge: Conservation of Charge

Conductors and Insulators

Coulomb’s Law

Electric Field: Concept of a Field Revisited

Electric Field Lines: Multiple Charges

Electric Forces in Biology

Conductors and Electric Fields in Static Equilibrium

Applications of Electrostatics
 Final Assessment

Electric Potential Energy: Potential Difference

Electric Potential in a Uniform Electric Field

Electrical Potential Due to a Point Charge

Equipotential Lines

Capacitors and Dielectrics

Capacitors in Series and Parallel

Energy Stored in Capacitors
 Final Assessment

Current

Ohm’s Law: Resistance and Simple Circuits

Resistance and Resistivity

Electric Power and Energy

Alternating Current versus Direct Current

Electric Hazards and the Human Body

Nerve Conduction–Electrocardiograms
 Final Assessment

Resistors in Series and Parallel

Electromotive Force: Terminal Voltage

Kirchhoff’s Rules

DC Voltmeters and Ammeters

Null Measurements

DC Circuits Containing Resistors and Capacitors
 Final Assessment

Magnets

Ferromagnets and Electromagnets

Magnetic Fields and Magnetic Field Lines

Magnetic Field Strength: Force on a Moving Charge in a Magnetic Field

Force on a Moving Charge in a Magnetic Field: Examples and Applications

The Hall Effect

Magnetic Force on a CurrentCarrying Conductor

Torque on a Current Loop: Motors and Meters

Magnetic Fields Produced by Currents: Ampere’s Law

Magnetic Force between Two Parallel Conductors

More Applications of Magnetism
 Final Assessment

Induced Emf and Magnetic Flux

Faraday’s Law of Induction: Lenz’s Law

Motional Emf

Eddy Currents and Magnetic Damping

Electric Generators

Back Emf

Transformers

Electrical Safety: Systems and Devices

Inductance

RL Circuits

Reactance, Inductive and Capacitive

RLC Series AC Circuits
 Final Assessment

Maxwell’s Equations: Electromagnetic Waves Predicted and Observed

Production of Electromagnetic Waves

The Electromagnetic Spectrum

Energy in Electromagnetic Waves
 Final Assessment

The Ray Aspect of Light

The Law of Reflection

The Law of Refraction

Total Internal Reflection

Dispersion: The Rainbow and Prisms

Image Formation by Lenses

Image Formation by Mirrors
 Final Assessment

Physics of the Eye

Vision Correction

Color and Color Vision

Microscopes

Telescopes

Aberrations
 Final Assessment

The Wave Aspect of Light: Interference

Huygens’s Principle: Diffraction

Young’s Double Slit Experiment

Multiple Slit Diffraction

Single Slit Diffraction

Limits of Resolution: The Rayleigh Criterion

Thin Film Interference

Polarization

*Extended Topic* Microscopy Enhanced by the Wave Characteristics of Light
 Final Assessment

Einstein’s Postulates

Simultaneity And Time Dilation

Length Contraction

Relativistic Addition of Velocities

Relativistic Momentum

Relativistic Energy
 Final Assessment

Quantization of Energy

The Photoelectric Effect

Photon Energies and the Electromagnetic Spectrum

Photon Momentum

The ParticleWave Duality

The Wave Nature of Matter

Probability: The Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle

The ParticleWave Duality Reviewed
 Final Assessment

Discovery of the Atom

Discovery of the Parts of the Atom: Electrons and Nuclei

Bohr’s Theory of the Hydrogen Atom

X Rays: Atomic Origins and Applications

Applications of Atomic Excitations and DeExcitations

The Wave Nature of Matter Causes Quantization

Patterns in Spectra Reveal More Quantization

Quantum Numbers and Rules

The Pauli Exclusion Principle
 Final Assessment

Nuclear Radioactivity

Radiation Detection and Detectors

Substructure of the Nucleus

Nuclear Decay and Conservation Laws

HalfLife and Activity

Binding Energy

Tunneling
 Final Assessment

Medical Imaging and Diagnostics

Biological Effects of Ionizing Radiation

Therapeutic Uses of Ionizing Radiation

Food Irradiation

Fusion

Fission

Nuclear Weapons
 Final Assessment

The Yukawa Particle and the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle Revisited

The Four Basic Forces

Accelerators Create Matter from Energy

Particles, Patterns, and Conservation Laws

Quarks: Is That All There Is?

GUTs: The Unification of Forces
 Final Assessment

Cosmology and Particle Physics

General Relativity and Quantum Gravity

Superstrings

Dark Matter and Closure

Complexity and Chaos

Hightemperature Superconductors

Some Questions We Know to Ask
 Final Assessment
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