🧲 2023 AP Physics 2 Study Plan

Welcome to this plethora of resources that cover everything! This toolkit is constantly being updated with more resources! AP Physics 2 is an algebra-based, college-level course where you will continue developing an understanding of important physics concepts like systems, interactions, change, and conservation through inquiry-driven study and lab experiences.

The AP Physics 2 Exam

A breakdown of the exam content by percentage.

Unit Exam Weighting (MCQ)
Unit 1: Fluids 10%–12%
Unit 2: Thermodynamics 12%–18%
Unit 3: Electric Force, Field, and Potential 18%–22%
Unit 4: Electric Circuits 10%–14%
Unit 5: Magnetism and Electromagnetic Induction 10%–12%
Unit 6: Geometric and Physical Optics 12%–14%
Unit 7: Quantum, Atomic, and Nuclear Physics 10%–12%

Science Practices

By taking AP Physics 2, you’ll gain a variety of skills that will help you think and practice like a physicist.

Skill Description Exam Weighting (MCQ) Exam Weighting (FRQ)
1. Modeling Use representations and models to communicate scientific phenomena and solve scientific problems. 28%–30% 11%–23%
2. Mathematical Routines Use mathematics appropriately. 16%–18% 18%–30%
3. Scientific Questioning Engage in scientific questioning to extend thinking or to guide investigations within the context of the AP course. N/A N/A
4. Experimental Methods Plan and implement data-collection strategies in relation to a particular scientific question. 2%–4% 6%–14%
5. Data Analysis Perform data analysis and evaluation of evidence. 10%–12% 6%–16%
6. Argumentation Work with scientific explanations and theories. 26%–28% 22%–41%
7. Making Connections Connect and relate knowledge across various scales, concepts, and representations in and across domains. 12%–16% 2%–11%

Study Guides for Every Unit

💧 Unit 1 - Fluids

🔥 Unit 2 - Thermodynamics

⚡️ Unit 3 - Electric Force, Field, and Potential

💡 Unit 4 - Electric Circuits

🧲 Unit 5 - Magnetism and Electromagnetic Induction

🔍 Unit 6 - Geometric and Physical Optics

⚛️ Unit 7 - Quantum, Atomic, and Nuclear Physics

AP Physics 2 MCQ

  • ✍🏽 Ultimate Guide to the AP Physics 2 Exam: A point-by-point breakdown of the entire exam, including MCQ and FRQ prompts, rubrics, tips, and more!
  • 📝 MCQ Help: A complete breakdown of the multiple-choice component of the exam, including tips and tricks!


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