AP Physics 2: Algebra-Based

AP Sciences AP Physics 2: Algebra-Based

Develop scientific critical thinking and reasoning skills through inquiry-based learning.

Explore topics such as fluid statics and dynamics; thermodynamics with kinetic theory; PV diagrams and probability; electrostatics; electrical circuits with capacitors; magnetic fields; electromagnetism; physical and geometric optics; and quantum, atomic, and nuclear physics.

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About the Exam

The exam is three hours long and has two parts — multiple-choice and free-response. Each section is worth 50% of the final exam score.

Exam questions are based on learning objectives, which combine science practices with specific content. You'll need to:
  • Solve problems mathematically — including symbolically
  • Design and describe experiments and analyze data and sources of error
  • Explain, reason, or justify answers with emphasis on deeper, conceptual understanding
  • Interpret and develop conceptual models
Section I: Multiple-Choice
1 hour and 30 minutes; 50 questions consisting of:
  • 45 discrete items and items in sets
  • 5 multiple-correct items (two options are correct)
Section II: Free-Response
1 hour and 30 minutes; 4 questions consisting of:
  • 1 experimental design question
  • 1 quantitative/qualitative translation question
  • 2 short-answer questions, one requiring a paragraph-length argument
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