AP Physics B
Just the Facts
$77
unless you qualify for a financial aid price of $22
How long is it?:
The
70 Multiple Choice section is 1.5 hours long (worth 50% of the grade)
(1.28
min/question)
The
68 free response questions section is also 1.5 hours long (worth 50% of the
grade) (1115 min/question)
What is the breakdown of the
test?
Mechanics
35%
(Subtopics in order of importance: Newton’s Laws, Kinematics,
Work/Energy/Power, Linear Momentum, Circular Motion/Rotation, Oscillations and
Gravitation)
Electricity
and Magnetism 25% (Sub Topics in order of importance:
Electric circuits, Electrostatics, Electromagnetism, Conductors and
Capacitors, Magnetostatics)
Thermal
Physics 10%
(Sub Topics: Kinetic theory,
Thermodynamics, Temperature and heat)
What is not on the exam?
General or Special Relativity
Quantum mechanics is not as detailed
as it is in Chemistry
Do I lose points for Guessing?
Each right answer is worth 1 point, but 1/4
point is subtracted for wrong answers.
AP Exam Grade Rough % needed
5 75% or better
4 60% or better
3 45% or better
2 35% or better
First of all, there are no calculators
allowed on the multiple choice section.
Programmable or graphing calculators are
allowed on the freeresponse
What do they give me on the
test?
For
the Multiple Choice Section: Table of
Information (see attached from last year)
For
the FreeResponse Section: Table of
Information and Table of Equations (see attached from Last year)
Percentage Goals for Examinations 

Content Area 
Physics B 
Physics C 
I. Newtonian Mechanics 
35% 
50% 

7% 
9% 

9% 
10% 

5% 
7% 

4% 
6% 

4% 
9% 

6% 

Percentage Goals for Examinations 

Content Area 
Physics B 
Physics C 
II. Thermal Physics 
10% 
N/A 
B. Temperature and heat 1. Mechanical equivalent of heat 2. Specific and latent heat (including calorimetry) 3. Heat transfer and thermal expansion 
3% 

C. Kinetic theory and thermodynamics 1. Ideal gases a. Kinetic model b. Ideal gas law 2. Laws of thermodynamics a. First law (including processes on pV diagrams) b. Second law (including heat engines) 
7% 

Note: Subtopics that are covered in Physics C, but not Physics B, are marked with an *.
Percentage Goals for Examinations 

Content Area 
Physics B 
Physics C 
III. Electricity and Magnetism 
25% 
50% 
C. Electrostatics 1. Charge, field, and potential 2. Coulomb's law and field and potential of point charges 3. Fields and potentials of other charge distributions a. Planar b. Spherical symmetry * c. Cylindrical symmetry * 4. Gauss's law * 
5% 
15% 
D. Conductors, capacitors, dielectrics 1. Electrostatics with conductors 2. Capacitors a. Parallel plate b. Spherical and cylindrical * 3. Dielectrics * 
4% 
7% 
D. Electric circuits 1. Current, resistance, power 2. Steadystate direct current circuits with batteries and resistors only 3. Capacitors in circuits a. Steady state b. Transients in RC circuits * 
7% 
10% 
E. Magnetostatics 1. Forces on moving charges in magnetic fields 2. Forces on currentcarrying wires in magnetic fields 3. Fields of long currentcarrying wires 4. BiotSavart and Ampere's law * 
4% 
10% 
F. Electromagnetism 1. Electromagnetic induction (including Faraday's law and Lenz's law) 2. Inductance (including LR and LC circuits) * 3. Maxwell's equations * 
5% 
8% 
Percentage Goals for Examinations 

Content Area 
Physics B 
Physics C 
IV. Waves and Optics 
15% 
N/A 
D. Wave motion (including sound) 1. Properties of traveling waves 2. Properties of standing waves 3. Doppler effect 4. Superposition 
5% 

E. Physical optics 1. Interference and diffraction 2. Dispersion of light and the electromagnetic spectrum 
5% 

E. Geometric optics 1. Reflection and refraction 2. Mirrors 3. Lenses 
5% 

Percentage Goals for Examinations 

Content Area 
Physics B 
Physics C 
V. Atomic and Nuclear Physics 
15% 
N/A 
E. Atomic physics and quantum effects 1. Alpha particle scattering and the Rutherford model 2. Photons and the photoelectric effect 3. Bohr model and energy levels 4. Waveparticle duality 
10% 

F. Nuclear physics 1. Radioactivity and halflife 2. Nuclear reactions (including conservation of mass number and charge, and massenergy equivalence) 
5% 
