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AP Physics 2 (Intensive, NCAA Approved)

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Open to: Grades 9 - 12

Eligibility: Advanced CTY-level math score required

Prerequisites: Completion of Trigonometry, and completion of AP Physics 1 or AP Physics C.

Course Format: Session Based. See calendar for session dates and application deadlines.

Course Length: 12 weeks (Winter, Early Summer, Mid-Summer)

Recommended School Credit: One academic year

Student Expectations: Students are strongly encouraged to work an average of 15-20 hours per week for intensive 12-week sessions with no breaks.

Grading: This course is typically graded.

Course Code: IPH2

Course Description


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 has synchronous virtual class meetings and students may also schedule one-on-one virtual meetings directly with the instructor to answer questions or concerns. The instructor will schedule meeting dates/times at the start of the course after polling student availability. Meetings will be recorded for students who are unable to attend due to scheduling conflicts.

Major course themes include:

  • Fluids
  • Thermodynamics
  • Electric Force, Field, and Potential
  • Electric Circuits
  • Magnetism and Electromagnetic Induction
  • Geometric and Physical Optics
  • Quantum, Atomic, and Nuclear Physics

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.

Virtual classrooms, and student activities in the classroom, may be recorded and added to the course as an ongoing asset for all class students to review. Videos from YouTube or other web providers may be present in this course. Video recommendations or links provided at end of videos are generated by the video host provider and are not CTY recommendations.

Materials Needed

Students must purchase a required lab kit for this course:

Access to the eTextbook (College Physics by Serway, 11th edition) and corresponding WebAssign is included in the registration.

AP Physics 2 Lab Kit

Detailed Course Information

Course Details

Unit 1: Fluids

  • Fluid Systems
  • Density
  • Fluids: Pressure and Forces
  • Fluids and Free-Body Diagrams
  • Buoyancy
  • Conservation of Energy in Fluid Flow
  • Conservation of Mass, Flow Rate in Fluids

Unit 2: Thermodynamics

  • Thermodynamic Systems
  • Pressure, Thermal Equilibrium, and the Ideal Gas Law
  • Thermodynamics and Forces
  • Thermodynamics and Free-Body Diagrams
  • Thermodynamics and Contact Forces
  • Heat and Energy Transfer
  • Internal Energy and Energy Transfer
  • Thermodynamics and Elastic Collisions:
  • Conservation of Momentum
  • Thermodynamics and Inelastic Collisions:
  • Conservation of Momentum
  • Thermal Conductivity
  • Probability, Thermal Equilibrium, and Entropy

Unit 3: Electric Force, Field, and Potential

  • Electric Systems
  • Electric Charge
  • Conservation of Electric charge
  • Charge Distribution - Friction, Conduction, and Induction
  • Electric Permittivity
  • Introduction to Electric Forces
  • Electric Forces and Free-Body Diagrams
  • Describing Electric Force
  • Gravitational and Electromagnetic Forces
  • Vector and Scalar Fields
  • Electric Charges and Fields
  • Isolines and Electric Fields
  • Conservation of Electric Energy

Unit 4: Electric Circuits

  • Definition and Conservation of Electric Charge
  • Resistivity and Resistance
  • Resistance and Capacitance
  • Kirchhoff’s Loop Rule
  • Kirchhoff’s Junction Rule and the Conservation of Electric Charge

Unit 5: Magnetism and Electromagnetic Induction

  • Magnetic Systems
  • Magnetic Permeability and Magnetic Dipole Moment
  • Vector and Scalar Fields
  • Monopole and Dipole Fields
  • Magnetic Fields and Forces
  • Magnetic Forces
  • Forces Review
  • Magnetic Flux

Unit 6: Geometric and Physical Optics

  • Waves
  • Electromagnetic Waves
  • Periodic Waves
  • Refraction, Reflection, and Absorption
  • Images from Lenses and Mirrors
  • Interference and Diffraction

Unit 7: Quantum, Atomic, and Nuclear Physics

  • Systems and Fundamental Forces
  • Radioactive Decay
  • Energy in Modern Physics (Energy in Radioactive Decay and E = mc2)
  • Mass–Energy Equivalence
  • Properties of Waves and Particles
  • Photoelectric Effect
  • Wave Functions and Probability

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Technical Requirements

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.

Zoom online virtual classroom
This course uses an online virtual classroom which can be used for instructor-student communication if the student has any questions about the course or curriculum. The classroom works on standard computers with the Zoom desktop client and also tablets or handhelds that support the Zoom Mobile app. Students will need a computer with the Zoom desktop client installed to watch any 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.