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All AP Physics B Resources
AP Physics B is designed to introduce numerous physical concepts pertinent to mechanical and electrical systems. There is a heavy emphasis on both mathematical and conceptual understanding of these concepts, as most topics will carry forward into future physics courses or practical applications. The material covered in AP Physics B is heavily centered in mechanics, including one and twodimensional motion, but it also branches into electrical circuits, electrostatics, optics, and thermodynamic.
A course in AP Physics B generally culminates in the AP Physics B exam. This exam consists of two sections: multiplechoice and freeresponse. The multiplechoice section consists of 70 questions, most of which are independent. Some questions will be grouped in sets of 2 to 3 and refer to a given diagram or figure, but answers for one question will not need to be recycled in order to answer others. In the freeresponse section, however, answers often build on one another, and questions have several parts. Given a certain set of data, students may be asked to calculate several variables in a single question in the free response section.
90 minutes are allotted for each section, and the two halves of the test are weighted equally in the score. Testtakers are permitted a scientific or graphing calculator and are provided with a predetermined set of equations. While the equation sheet is extremely valuable on the test, memorizing common equations can become essential in order to save time.
Mechanics concepts compose the majority of the AP Physics B exam, mainly revolving around Newton’s laws and kinematics. Be prepared to perform calculations, but also be prepared to respond to hypothetical scenarios and demonstrate conceptual understanding. Further, work, energy, power, and specific forces (such as buoyancy and friction) will be tested.
The next largest section of the exam consists of electrical concepts, and a basic introduction to magnetism. Students should be extremely familiar with circuits and have a decent understanding of electric and magnetic fields and forces. The final topics of the AP Physics B exam are optics, waves, and quantum theory. Testtakers should have a good understanding of mirrors and lenses, as well as the relationships between wavelength, frequency, and other wave properties. Questions about quantum theory will be largely conceptual, and they will rarely require calculation.
The key difference between the AP Physics B and the AP Physics C exams is the level of mathematical integration. Where AP Physics B may tend to be more conceptual, AP Physics C courses will incorporate mathematical explanations that frequently use calculus to explain physical concepts. Many topics are tested on both exams, but with different levels of comprehension and mathematical interpretation.
You can practice AP Physics B topics using Varsity Tutors’ free AP Physics B Practice Tests! Each AP Physics B Practice Test consists of ten to twelve problems; think of each one as being like a little quiz that you can use to hone your skills. Varsity Tutors’ Practice Tests are presented in two ways: you can either take tests that offer a comprehensive selection of varied problems, or focus solely on problems that test topics that you are working to understand better. Either way you take them, Varsity Tutors’ free AP Physics B Practice Tests can help you to improve your knowledge of AP Physics B material!
Free AP Physics B Practice Tests
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Electricity and magnetism practice test
ap_physics_belectricityandmagnetismElectric circuits practice test
ap_physics_belectriccircuitsCalculating circuit power practice test
ap_physics_bcalculatingcircuitpowerUnderstanding capacitors practice test
ap_physics_bunderstandingcapacitorsUnderstanding current practice test
ap_physics_bunderstandingcurrentUnderstanding resistors and resistance practice test
ap_physics_bunderstandingresistorsandresistanceUsing ohm's law practice test
ap_physics_busingohmslawElectricity practice test
ap_physics_belectricityUnderstanding electrostatics practice test
ap_physics_bunderstandingelectrostaticsUsing coulomb's law practice test
ap_physics_busingcoulombslawElectromagnetism practice test
ap_physics_belectromagnetismUsing faraday's law practice test
ap_physics_busingfaradayslawMagnetism practice test
ap_physics_bmagnetismCalculating magnetic forces practice test
ap_physics_bcalculatingmagneticforcesFluid and gas mechanics practice test
ap_physics_bfluidandgasmechanicsLiquids practice test
ap_physics_bliquidsFluid flow practice test
ap_physics_bfluidflowUnderstanding bernoulli's equation practice test
ap_physics_bunderstandingbernoullisequationNewtonian mechanics practice test
ap_physics_bnewtonianmechanicsForces practice test
ap_physics_bforcesCalculating weight practice test
ap_physics_bcalculatingweightUnderstanding friction practice test
ap_physics_bunderstandingfrictionUnderstanding gravity and gravitational forces practice test
ap_physics_bunderstandinggravityandgravitationalforcesUnderstanding newton's laws practice test
ap_physics_bunderstandingnewtonslawsUnderstanding the normal force practice test
ap_physics_bunderstandingthenormalforceMomentum practice test
ap_physics_bmomentumUnderstanding conservation of momentum practice test
ap_physics_bunderstandingconservationofmomentumUnderstanding elastic and inelastic collisions practice test
ap_physics_bunderstandingelasticandinelasticcollisionsUnderstanding momentum and impulse practice test
ap_physics_bunderstandingmomentumandimpulseMotion practice test
ap_physics_bmotionCircular motion and torque practice test
ap_physics_bcircularmotionandtorqueUnderstanding circular motion practice test
ap_physics_bunderstandingcircularmotionUnderstanding linearrotational equivalents practice test
ap_physics_bunderstandinglinearrotationalequivalentsUsing torque equations practice test
ap_physics_busingtorqueequationsHarmonic motion practice test
ap_physics_bharmonicmotionUsing spring equations practice test
ap_physics_busingspringequationsLinear motion practice test
ap_physics_blinearmotionCalculating motion in one dimension practice test
ap_physics_bcalculatingmotioninonedimensionCalculating motion in two dimensions practice test
ap_physics_bcalculatingmotionintwodimensionsUnderstanding accelerations practice test
ap_physics_bunderstandingaccelerationsUnderstanding vector and scalar quantities practice test
ap_physics_bunderstandingvectorandscalarquantitiesWork, energy, and power practice test
ap_physics_bworkenergyandpowerUnderstanding conservation of energy practice test
ap_physics_bunderstandingconservationofenergyUnderstanding kinetic energy practice test
ap_physics_bunderstandingkineticenergyUnderstanding power practice test
ap_physics_bunderstandingpowerUnderstanding work practice test
ap_physics_bunderstandingworkThermodynamics and heat practice test
ap_physics_bthermodynamicsandheatUnderstanding heat and temperature practice test
ap_physics_bunderstandingheatandtemperatureWaves and optics practice test
ap_physics_bwavesandopticsOptics practice test
ap_physics_bopticsUsing the lens equation practice test
ap_physics_busingthelensequationWaves practice test
ap_physics_bwavesUnderstanding period and amplitude practice test
ap_physics_bunderstandingperiodandamplitudeUnderstanding wavelength, frequency, and velocity practice test
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AP Physics B Problem Set 14
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AP Physics B Problem Set 1
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