AP Physics 2 is an algebra-based, introductory college-level physics course. Students cultivate their understanding of physics through inquiry-based investigations as they explore these topics: fluids; thermodynamics; electrical force, field, and potential; electric circuits;
magnetism and electromagnetic induction; geometric and physical optics; and quantum, atomic, and nuclear physics.
Students should have completed AP Physics 1 or a comparable introductory physics course and should have taken or be concurrently taking pre-calculus or an equivalent course.
The AP Physics 2 Exam assesses student application of the science practices and understanding of the course learning objectives outlined in the course framework. The exam is 3 hours long and includes 50 multiple-choice questions and 4 free-response questions. The four free-response questions may appear in any order. A four-function, scientific, or graphing calculator is allowed on both sections of the exam.