Open to: Grades 9 - 12
Eligibility: CTY-level or Advanced CTY-level math score required
Prerequisites: Completion of Trigonometry, and completion of AP Physics 1 or AP Physics C.
Course Length: 30 weeks (Academic Year)
Recommended School Credit: One academic year
Student Expectations: Students are strongly encouraged to work an average of 6-8 hours per week for the 30-week session with breaks for holidays.
Course Code: APH2
The course provides students with an introductory experience in the concepts and methods of physical analysis beyond mechanics, including thermodynamics, fluid physics, geometric and physical optics, electricity, magnetism, and modern physics. Building the ability to reason qualitatively and quantitatively is a primary focus, with inquiry and investigation, modeling and diagramming, symbolic algebra, unit analysis, communication and argumentation, laboratory techniques, data analysis, and integration and application of concepts as emphasized skills.
Students have the primary responsibility for building understanding, with the instructor as a resource and guide. Students will spend instructional time engaging with the textbook, online lecture videos, simulations, online discussions, hands-on labs (constituting 25% of instructional time), problem-solving screencasts, online homework problems, and tests/exams.
This course includes a laboratory component designed to meet College Board standards and has been reviewed and approved by the College Board. Hands-on labs require a materials kit that also must be purchased separately by the student.
AP Physics 2 is the equivalent to a second-semester college course in algebra-based physics. This demanding course requires a substantial time commitment during the entire session and should not be combined with other CTY courses.
A free, online placement test is available to determine if the student has the math skills needed to enroll in this course.
A proctor is required for this course if the student’s goal is to obtain a grade. Please review Proctor Requirements for more details.
Students must purchase a required textbook and lab kit for this course:
Knight, College Physics: A Strategic Approach Technology Update, 3rd edition, with Mastering Physics. Pearson Addison-Wesley.
Temperature and Heat
First Law of Thermodynamics
Second Law of Thermodynamics
This course requires a properly maintained computer with high-speed internet access and an up-to-date web browser (such as Chrome or Firefox). The student must be able to communicate with the instructor via email. Visit the Technical Requirements and Support page for more details.
This course requires that the student use a web browser with the Adobe Flash plugin. Note that many tablets and handhelds (particularly the iPad) do not support Flash and cannot view the lessons.
Zoom online virtual classroom
This course uses an online virtual classroom for discussions with the instructor. The classroom works on standard computers with the Zoom desktop client and also tablets or handhelds that support the Zoom Mobile app. Students who are unable to attend live sessions will need a computer with the Zoom desktop client installed to watch recorded meetings. The Zoom desktop client and Zoom Mobile App are both available for free download.
This course uses Respondus LockDown Browser proctoring software for designated assessments. LockDown Browser is a client application that is installed to a local computer. Visit the Respondus website for system requirements.
While Chromebook can be used to progress through the course, all exams must be completed on a PC or Mac.
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