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Late getting started? Facing too many AP* tests? Use this course to learn the most in the least time!

Study Only What You Need to Know
REA’s Crash Course for the AP* Physics B exam is based on an in-depth analysis of the Advanced Placement* Physics B exam and actual AP* Physics B test questions. It covers only the information tested on the exam, so you can make the most of your study time.

Expert Test-Taking Strategies
Developed by an Advanced Placement* teacher with many years of classroom experience, this Physics B Crash Course presents detailed, question-level strategies for answering both the multiple-choice and free-response questions. By following the AP* author’s advice, you can boost your score in every section of the AP* Physics B test.

Essential Physics B Equations
Knowing how to use the most common Physics B equations can make a real difference in your score. That's why we include more than 70 equations you should know before taking the AP* Physics B exam.

Free Practice Exam
Our full-length online Physics B practice exam includes every topic and type of question found on the actual exam. It offers timed testing, automatic scoring, and detailed explanations of answers. It even provides helpful diagnostics to pinpoint where you’re strongest and where you need to focus.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738609348
  • Publisher: Research & Education Association
  • Publication date: 1/20/2012
  • Series: Advanced Placement (AP) Crash Course
  • Edition description: First
  • Pages: 240
  • Age range: 15 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Rebecca Howell has eleven years of experience as an AP® Physics B and AP® Physics C teacher. She has taught all levels of high school physics, astronomy, and meteorology. She is currently teaching AP® Physics B & C at Alpharetta High School, Alpharetta, Georgia.

Ms. Howell received her B.S.Ed. in Secondary Science Education—specializing in Physics—from the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia and earned her M.Ed. in Secondary Science Education at Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia.

In addition to her work in the classroom, she has served as an AP® Physics B question author, reviewer, Reader and Table Leader for ETS. Ms. Howell was an invited presenter at the Annual Georgia Department of Education AP® Workshop. She is also a member of the American Association of Physics Teachers.

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This AP Physics B Crash Course is the first book of its kind for the last-minute studier or any AP student who wants a quick refresher on the course. REA’s Crash Course is based on a careful analysis of the AP Physics B Course Description outline and actual AP test questions.

Written by an AP Physics B expert, our easy-to-read format gives students a crash course in the basic knowledge of physics, including theories and techniques, concepts, and general principles. The targeted review chapters prepare students for the exam by focusing only on the topics tested on the AP Physics B exam.

Part One, the introduction, discusses the keys for success and shows you strategies to help you build your overall point score. Part Two is an overview of mechanics and covers Newton’s laws of motion and force, circular motion, momentum, and work and energy. In Part Three, the author highlights information on fluid mechanics, kinetic theory, and thermodynamics. Part Four is devoted to electricity and magnetism, and Part Five covers waves and optics. Part Six closes out the content review with a chapter devoted to modern physics.

Part Seven gives you general AP test-taking strategies and teaches you how to master the multiple-choice and free-response sections of the exam. A chapter on essential equations is also included for added study.

No matter how or when you prepare for the AP Physics B exam, REA’s Crash Course will show you how to study efficiently and strategically, so you’ll be ready for the exam.

To check your test readiness for the AP Physics B exam, either before or after studying this Crash Course, take our FREE online practice exam. To access your free practice exam, visit www.rea.com/crashcourse and follow the on-screen instructions. This true-to-format test features automatic scoring and detailed explanations of all answers, and it will help you identify your strengths and weaknesses so you’ll be ready on exam day!

Good luck on your AP Physics B exam!

Keys for Success on the AP Physics B Exam

Taking any Advanced Placement exam can be a daunting experience. The AP Physics B exam is no exception. After all, the exam is based on a college-level introductory physics course, and you’re still in high school! Don’t panic . . . relax. This Crash Course is going to guide you to success on the exam.

The AP Physics B course and exam require you to develop your critical-thinking skills, along with developing an in-depth understanding of the discipline of physics, including theories and techniques, concepts, and general principles of the subject.

Our Crash Course was designed to help you be more pragmatic in your approach to studying for the AP Physics B exam—in a streamlined outline format.

Understand the Structure of the Exam
The AP Physics B exam consists of both multiple-choice questions as well as free-response questions.
Section I, the multiple-choice section of the exam, is worth 50 percent of your score. Section II, the free-response section, represents the remaining 50 percent of your score. The multiple-choice answers are scored electronically, and you are not penalized for incorrect answers. Therefore, it makes sense to guess if you don’t know an answer.

Using Calculators on the AP Physics B Exam
Calculators cannot be used on the multiple-choice section of the AP Physics B exam. However, you may use a graphing or programmable calculator during the free-response section. Visit the College Board website (www.collegeboard.org) for more information on what calculators are allowed.

Understand the AP Physics B Topical Outline
Many students believe that members of the AP Physics B exam development committee have the freedom to write any question they wish. This is not true. AP Physics B test writers use a detailed topical outline that tells them what they can ask and what they cannot ask.

Every question on the AP Physics B exam can be linked to a specific point in the topical outline. The approximate percentages of questions devoted to each major category that you’ll find on the exam are also noted. Familiarize yourself with this outline before studying for the exam and you’ll know where to focus your study time.

The major topics found on the Physics B exam are:

I. Newtonian Mechanics (35%)

A. Kinematics

B. Newton’s Laws of Motion

C. Work, Energy, Power

D. Systems of Particles, Linear Momentum

E. Circular Motion and Rotation

F. Oscillations and Gravitation

II. Fluid Mechanics and Thermal Physics (15%)

A. Fluid Mechanics

B. Temperature and Heat

C. Kinetic Theory and Thermodynamics

III. Electricity and Magnetism (25%)

A. Electrostatics

B. Conductors, Capacitors, Dielectrics

C. Electric Circuits

D. Magnetic Fields

E. Electromagnetism

IV. Waves and Optics (15%)

A. Wave Motion

B. Physical Optics

C. Geometric Optics

V. Atomic and Nuclear Physics (10%)

A. Atomic Physics and Quantum Effects

B. Nuclear Physics

Understand How the Exam Is Scored
The College Board reports your combined multiple-choice score and your total free-response score or a five-point scale:

5 Extremely well-qualified

4 Well-qualified

3 Qualified

2 Possibly qualified

1 No recommendation

Many colleges give course credit with a score of 3 or better; other colleges take nothing below a 4, while still others give college credit only for the top score, a 5. Find out the AP policies of the colleges to which you are seeking admission. Also, be aware that colleges and universities can change their AP acceptance policies whenever they want.

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Table of Contents

About This Book
About Our Author
Author Acknowledgments

Chapter 1
Keys for Success on the AP Physics B Exam

Chapter 2
Chapter 3 Newton’s Laws of Motion and Force
Chapter 4 Work and Energy
Chapter 5 Momentum
Chapter 6 Circular Motion

Chapter 7
Fluid Mechanics
Chapter 8 Thermal Physics

Chapter 9
Static Electricity
Chapter 10 Current Electricity
Chapter 11 Magnetism

Chapter 12
Oscillations and Waves
Chapter 13 Light and Optics

Chapter 14
Atomic and Nuclear Physics

Chapter 15
Major Concepts
Chapter 16 Mastering Multiple-Choice Questions
Chapter 17 Strategies for Answering the Free-Response Questions
Chapter 18 Essential Equations

ONLINE PRACTICE EXAM ...........www.rea.com/crashcourse

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2013

    I bought this paperback book in order to do a quick review of 1

    I bought this paperback book in order to do a quick review of 1st year college-level physics so I could help my son with studying for his AP Physics exam. I figured that since I'm an MIT graduate with a BS in physics that I could skim this guide quickly as a refresher -- and I *was* able to go through it quickly -- and find over a dozen different sections with typos in key equations, mismatched text and equations (different symbol notations), and a general lack of explanation of the material. Try Physics 1 or Dummies and Physics 2 for Dummies -- much better writing, and much fewer mistakes in the material.

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    Was in decent condition but few pages were mest up

    The book came with spin in ok shape but not great and some pages had food stuck to them.

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