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Get fully prepared with the AP Physics B & C test prep AP teachers recommend.

The Most Complete AP Physics B & C Subject Review:
Everything you need to know for the Advanced Placement Physics B & C exams, selected and presented by seasoned high school and college faculty with extensive AP Physics B & C experience.

The Best AP Physics B & C Practice Exams Available:
4 full-length AP Physics B & C practice tests (2 for each exam) based on official AP exam questions released by the College Board – balanced to include every AP topic and type of AP question you can expect on the actual AP Physics B & C exams.

Total Explanations of AP Physics B & C Exam Questions & Answers:
Each AP Physics B & C practice test comes with detailed feedback on every question. We don’t just say which answers are right – but why the others are wrong, so you’ll be prepared for the AP Physics B & C exams!

Proven Test Prep Methods:
REA’s focused AP Physics B & C content and practical advice has helped millions of AP students score higher. With our step-by-step plan, you can earn a 5 on the AP Physics B & C exams and get the credit you deserve!

Recommended by AP Physics B & C Teachers:
For years, AP Physics teachers have relied on REA for effective, authoritative Advanced Placement study guides. Our authors include nationally known AP experts who have personally coached generations of successful Advanced Placement students. In our AP Physics B & C test prep, we’ve combined the insights of high school teachers and college faculty into one powerful volume.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738604800
  • Publisher: Research & Education Association
  • Publication date: 2/14/2009
  • Series: Advanced Placement (AP) Test Preparation
  • Edition description: Sixth
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 480
  • Age range: 16 - 18 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

David Jones taught all levels of high school physics for 19 years in the Miami Dade County Public School system. Currently, he is teaching Physics I and II at Florida International University. Mr. Jones graduated from the University of Rochester, Rochester, N.Y. with a BA in Physics. He has served as an AP* Physics Reader and an AP* Physics Workshop Consultant for the College Board.  

Mr. Jones was named Miami Dade County Science Teacher of the Year in 1996 and again, in 2006. Along with his teaching responsibilities, he is an assistant coach for the U.S. Physics Olympiad Team, which represents the United States at the annual International Physics Olympiad Competition.  

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A Note from the Author  

This review guide to AP Physics places emphasis on two very important aspects of learning physics that will improve your ability to solve physics problems. Namely, this book focuses on problem-solving techniques and conceptual understanding. Each chapter will provide insight into problem solving and provide the student with a foundation for the major concepts that are at the core of each unit in AP Physics.  

This review guide is not a textbook! However, it will work well with your textbook by emphasizing important topics and providing you with enhanced learning opportunities in the form of extra problems sprinkled throughout each chapter. Each chapter focuses on the important topics that tend to be points of emphasis each year in the AP Physics curriculum. The practice sessions at the end of each chapter have a good mix of multiple-choice and free-response practice questions complete with answers. Each question in the guide was developed to address only AP Physics objectives. Note that questions marked with an asterisk (*) are considered to be more appropriate for the AP Physics C exam.  

The sample practice tests reflect the current AP objectives and curriculum. All of the questions are relevant and correspond to the College Board’s standards, and are at the appropriate difficulty level for AP Physics.  

Good luck with your AP Physics exam!  
David Jones  

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Table of Contents

About REA 
About Our Author 
A Note from the Author 
Study Schedule for AP Physics B 
Study Schedule for AP Physics C 
Chapter 1 
Excelling on the AP Physics B & C Exams 
 About This Book 
 About the Exam 
 AP Physics B Exam Format and Content 
 AP Physics C Exam Format and Content 
 Comparison of Topics Found on the Physics B and Physics C Exams 
 Use of Calculators 
 How to Use This Book 
 About Our Review Section 
 Scoring the Official Exams 
 Studying for Your Exam 
 Test-Taking Tips 
 The Day of the Exam 
 Contacting the AP Program 
Chapter 2 
Data Analysis and Interpreting Graphs 
 Graphing Data Correctly 
 A General Approach to Linear Graphing 
 What If We Get a Curve? 
 General Approach to Graphing Nonlinear Data 
 Linearizing Data 
 Practice Session Problems 
Chapter 3  
Kinematics: One- and Two-Dimensional Motion 
 One-Dimensional Motion 
 Two-Dimensional (Projectile) Motion 
 Practice Session Problems 

Chapter 4  
Applying Newton’s Laws 
 Newton’s Laws 
 Defining Forces 
 Free-Body Diagrams 
 Practice Session Problems 

Chapter 5  
Circular Motion 
 The Basics 
 Practice Session Problems 

Chapter 6 
Work and Conservation of Energy 
 Definitions of Work and Energy, and the Work–Energy Theorem 
 Definitions of Conservative Forces and Potential Energy 
 Conservation of Total Mechanical Energy 
 Practice Session Problems 

Chapter 7 
Momentum and Impulse 
 Conservation of Momentum 
 Practice Session Problems 

Chapter 8  
Thermodynamics (For Physics B Test Takers) 
 Mechanical Equivalent of Heat and Heat Transfer 
 Thermodynamic Laws and Processes 
 Understanding a Complete Thermodynamic Cycle Using PV Curves 
 Practice Session Problems 

Chapter 9  
Fluids (For Physics B Test Takers) 
 Pressure and Density Defined 
 Archimedes’ Law 
 Pascal’s Law 
 Absolute and Gauge Pressure 
 Bernoulli Equation 
 Practice Session Problems 

Chapter 10  
 Charge and Charging Objects 
 Conductors and Insulators 
 Induced Charge on Conductors 
 Polarization in an Insulator 
 Electrostatic Force 
 Typical Force Problems with Charge 
 Electric Fields 
 Basic Principles of Conductors and Fields 
 Electric Field of a Charged Metal Sphere 
 Practice Session Problems 

Chapter 11 
Electric Potential and Capacitance 
 Electric Potential 
 Point Charges and Spheres 
 Multiple Point Charges 
 Electric Potential of Spheres and Plates 
 Practice Session Problems 

Chapter 12  
 Current, Resistance, and Ohm’s Law 
 Circuit Analysis 
 Electrical Power and Energy 
 Capacitors in Circuits 
 Practice Session Problems 

Chapter 13  
 Source of All Magnetism 
 Units of Magnetic Field 
 Magnetic Force on a Moving Charge 
 Force on a Current-Carrying Wire 
 Field of a Wire 
 Two Other Important Sources of Magnetic Fields 
 Induced Current 
 Practice Session Problems 

Chapter 14  
Geometrical Optics (For Physics B Test Takers) 
 The Normal 
 Snell’s Law and Refraction 
 Experimental Facts about Refraction 
 The Critical Angle 
 Lenses and Mirrors 
 Converging Lenses and Sign Conventions 
 Magnification in Lenses 
 Practice Session Problems 

Chapter 15  
Modern Physics (For Physics B Test Takers) 
 Complementary Nature of Light and the Quantization of Light 
 The Photoelectric Effect 
 Absorption and Emission of Light 
 Practice Session Problems 

Chapter 16 
Calculus Topics (For Physics C Test Takers) 
 Calculus Concepts to Master  
 Calculus in Kinematics 
 The Resistive Force Problem 
 Calculus in Work and Energy 
 Practice Session Problems 

Chapter 17 
Angular Mechanics (For Physics C Test Takers) 
 Angular Kinematics  
 Relating Linear Velocity to Angular Velocity and Rolling Motion 
 Moment of Inertia 
 The Parallel Axis Theorem 
 Torque and Newton’s Second Law 
 Angular Momentum 
 Angular Momentum of an Object Moving Linearly 
 Practice Session Problems 

Chapter 18  
Electricity and Magnetism (For Physics C Test Takers) 
 Charge Density 
 Principle of Superposition 
 Determining Potential Caused by a Continuous Charge Distribution 
 Gauss’s Law  
 Difference in Potential 
 Calculus and the RC Circuit 
 Magnetic Flux 
 Faraday’s Law 
 Ampere’s Law 
 Practice Session Problems 
Textbooks and Websites for Further Study 

Practice Exam 1 
 Answer Key
 Detailed Explanations of Answers 

Practice Exam 2  
 Answer Key 
 Detailed Explanations of Answers 

Practice Exam 3—Mechanics 
 Answer Key 
 Detailed Explanations of Answers 

Practice Exam 4—Electricity and Magnetism 
 Answer Key 
 Detailed Explanations of Answers 

Appendix A 
 Table of Information and Equations for AP Physics B and C 

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    Really good for a quick review

    I used this book just for the AP Physics B exam but it still worked wonderfully! It gave a great summary on everything that was on the exam, and it's practice exams really helped me prepare for the real exam.

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