The information provided on this page was taken from the CollegeBoard's
AP Physics 1 and AP Physics 2 Course and Exam Descriptions
Effective Fall 2018

AP Physics 1 Curriculum Map
Table of Information and Equations
Kinematics
Dynamics: Newton's Laws
Circular Motion and Gravitation
SHM: SpringMass and Simple Pendulums
Momentum
Work and Energy
Rotary Motion: Kinematics and Dynamics
Electrostatics: Electric Charge and Coulomb Forces
DC Circuits: resistor combinations
Mechanical Waves and Sound

AP Physics 2 Curriculum Map
Table of Information and Equations
Fluids: Statics and Dynamics
Thermal Physics
Ideal Gases
Thermodynamics
Electric Force, Electric Field, Potential
Capacitors
DC Circuits: Resistors and Capacitors (steadystate only)
Magnetism and induction
Geometric Optics
Physical Optics
Quantum, Atomic, and Nuclear physics

These algebrabased courses and [their] exams are organized around seven underlying
principles called the Big Ideas, which encompass the core scientific
principles, theories, and processes of physics that cut across traditional content
boundaries and provide students a broad way of thinking about the physical world.
 Objects and systems have properties such as mass and charge. Systems may have internal
structure.
 Fields existing in space can be used to explain interactions.
 The interactions of an object with other objects can be described by forces.
 Interactions between systems can result in changes in those systems.
 Changes that occur as a result of interactions are constrained by conservation laws.
 Waves can transfer energy and momentum from one location to another without the
permanent transfer of mass and serve as a mathematical model for the description
of other phenomena.
 The mathematics of probability can be used to describe the behavior of complex systems
and to interpret the behavior of quantum mechanical systems.
Science practices describe the knowledge and skills that students
should learn and demonstrate to reach a goal or complete a learning activity.
 The student can use representations and models to communicate scientific phenomena
and solve scientific problems.
 The student can use mathematics appropriately.
 The student can engage in scientific questioning to extend thinking or to guide
investigations within the context of the AP course.
 The student can plan and implement data collection strategies in relation to a particular
scientific question. (Note: Data can be collected from many different sources, e.g.,
investigations, scientific observations, the findings of others, historic reconstruction
and/or archived data.)
 The student can perform data analysis and evaluation of evidence.
 The student can work with scientific explanations and theories.
 The student is able to connect and relate knowledge across various scales, concepts
and representations in and across domains.
Exam questions are aligned to the learning objectives and associated
science practices in order to assess students' ability to:
 Provide both qualitative and quantitative explanations, reasoning, or justification
of physical phenomena
 Solve problems mathematically
 Interpret and develop conceptual models
 Transfer knowledge and analytical skills developed during laboratory experiences
to design and describe experiments and analyze data and draw conclusions based on
evidence.
