AP Physics 2: Curricular Requirements

  • Students and teachers have access to college-level resources including college-level textbooks and reference materials in print or electronic format.
  • The course design provides opportunities for students to develop an understanding of the AP Physics 2 foundational physics principles in the context of the big ideas that organize the curriculum framework.
  • Students have opportunities to apply Physics 2 learning objectives connecting across enduring understandings as described in the curriculum framework. These opportunities must occur in addition to those within laboratory investigations.
  • The course provides students with opportunities to apply their knowledge of physics principles to real-world questions or scenarios (including societal issues or technological innovations) to help them become scientifically literate citizens.
  • Students are provided with the opportunity to spend a minimum of 25 percent of instructional time engaging in hands-on laboratory work with an emphasis on inquiry-based investigations.
  • Students are provided the opportunity to engage in inquiry-based laboratory investigations that support the foundational principles and apply all seven science practices defined in the curriculum framework.
  • The course provides opportunities for students to develop their communication skills by recording evidence of their research of literature or scientific investigations through verbal, written, and graphic presentations.
  • The course provides opportunities for students to develop written and oral scientific argumentation skills.

Resource Requirements

  • The school ensures that each student has a college-level physics textbook and reference materials, in print or electronic format, for individual use inside and outside of the classroom.
  • The school ensures that students have access to scientific equipment and all necessary materials to conduct college-level physics laboratory investigations as outlined in the teacher's course syllabus.

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