Couldn't recognize Newtonian mechanics if it chucked an apple at your head? (We know it's a subject and doesn't have arms. Just go with it.) Shmoop's guide to AP Physics B covers physics from A to Z—you know, from "atomic" to "Zeroth Law of Thermodynamics."
Specifically designed for mastering the AP Physics B exam. Learn about the ancient fable of Goldiquarks and the Three Physics Books, why Newtonian mechanics are the bricks and mortar of the physics castle, and why a D magically gets you a perfect 5. (Okay, it’s not magic. It’s a curve.)
We have three full-length practice exams so you can get cozy with the AP Physics B Test, which is divided into two parts. The first is a series of 70 multiple-choice questions, and the second is 6 to 8 free-response questions. Each section is graded separately, and both are given equal weight so that your final score is the average of both parts. You have 1 hour and 30 minutes for each.
We have lots of sample problems inside the review and drill questions sections. Each problem has detailed explanations and hints for approaching similar problems that you might find on test day. Read these solutions carefully, even if you were able to solve the sample problems correctly on your own.
The field of physics is ginormous, and it's only a teensy bit of an exaggeration to say that it includes the study of everything. Actually, maybe not everything. Even physics can't explain why when two socks go into a dryer, only one comes out.
Nonetheless, we have the five main topics covered in the AP PHysics B exam - Newtonian Mechanics, Fluids and Thermal Physics, Electricity and Magnetism, Waves and Optics, Atomic and Nuclear Physics and Laboratory and Experimental Solutions. By the time you work through this guide you will have
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Kinematics: 1-D Motion and 2-D Motion, Including Projectiles
Newton's Laws of Motion
Work, Energy, and Power
Impulse and Momentum
Uniform Circular Motion and Simple Harmonic Motion
Torque and Rotational Statics
Pendulum and Other Oscillations
Hydrostatic Pressure, Buoyancy, and Fluid Flow Continuity
Mechanical Equivalent of Heat, Heat Transfer, and Thermal Expansion
Laws of Thermodynamics
Electrostatics with Conductors
Reflection and Refraction
And a lot more!