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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."

Why take AP Physics?

Test-Taking Tips

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.)

Three Full-Length Practice Exams

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.

Practice Drills

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.

Extreme Topic Review

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

  • Gravity

  • Hydrostatic Pressure, Buoyancy, and Fluid Flow Continuity

  • Mechanical Equivalent of Heat, Heat Transfer, and Thermal Expansion

  • Laws of Thermodynamics

  • Electrostatics with Conductors

  • Capacitors

  • Magnetic Fields

  • Wave Motion

  • Electromagnetism

  • Reflection and Refraction

  • Atomic Physics

  • Quantum Effects

  • Nuclear Reactions

  • And a lot more!

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