Preface

Acknowledgments

About the Authors

Introduction: The Five-Step Program

STEP 1 Get to Know the Exam and Set Up Your Study Program

1 Frequently Asked Questions About the AP Physics 1 Exam

FAQs: The AP Physics Program

FAQs: The AP Physics 1 Exam

2 Understanding the Exam: The AP Physics 1 Revolution

What Happened to the AP Physics Test?

What Is AP Physics 1? Eleven Things You Should Know About the Course and Exam

3 How to Use Your Time

Personalizing Your Study Plan

Plan A: You Have a Full School Year to Prepare

Plan B: You Have One Semester to Prepare

Plan C: You Have Six Weeks to Prepare

STEP 2 Determine Your Test Readiness

4 Facts to Know for the AP Physics 1 Exam

I. Forces and Motion

II. Conservation Laws

III. (a) Electricity

III. (b) Waves

5 Types of Questions on the AP Physics 1 Exam

Question Types

Solutions for the AP Physics 1 Question Types Assessment

STEP 3 Develop Strategies for Success

6 Strategies to Get the Most Out of Your AP Physics Course

Seven Simple Strategies to Get the Most Out of Your AP Physics Course

7 Strategies to Approach the Questions on the Exam

Tools You Can Use and Strategies for Using Them

Strategies for Questions That Involve a Ranking Task

Strategies for Questions That Involve Graphs

8 Strategies to Approach the Questions: Free-Response Section

Structure of the Free-Response Section

How to Approach the Laboratory Question

The Qualitative-Quantitative Translation (QQT)

What Do the Exam Readers Look For?

Final Advice About the Free-Response Questions

9 Strategies to Approach the Questions: Multiple-Choice Section

Multiple-Choice Questions

Multiple-Correct: A New Question Type

Preparing for the Multiple-Choice Section of the Test

Final Strategies for the Multiple-Choice Section

STEP 4 Review the Knowledge You Need to Score High

10 How Things Move

Introduction to Motion in a Straight Line

Graphical Analysis of Motion

Algebraic Analysis of Motion

Practice Problems

Solutions to Practice Problems

Rapid Review

11 Forces and Newton’s Laws

Describing Forces: Free-Body Diagrams

Determining the Net Force

Newton’s Third Law

Forces at Angles

Practice Problems

Solutions to Practice Problems

Rapid Review

12 Collisions: Impulse and Momentum

The Impulse-Momentum Theorem

Conservation of Momentum

Motion of the Center of Mass

Practice Problems

Solutions to Practice Problems

Rapid Review

13 Work and Energy

Energy

Work

The Work-Energy Theorem

Power

Practice Problems

Solutions to Practice Problems

Rapid Review

14 Rotation

Circular Motion

Torque

Rotational Kinematics

Rotational Inertia

Newton’s Second Law for Rotation

Angular Momentum

Rotational Kinetic Energy

Practice Problems

Solutions to Practice Problems

Rapid Review

15 Gravitation

Determining the Gravitational Field

Determining Gravitational Force

Force of Two Planets on One Another—Order of Magnitude Estimates

Gravitational Potential Energy

Gravitational and Inertial Mass

Fundamental Forces: Gravity Versus Electricity

Practice Problems

Solutions to Practice Problems

Rapid Review

16 Electricity: Coulomb’s Law and Circuits

Electric Charge

Circuits

Practice Problems

Solutions to Practice Problems

Rapid Review

17 Waves and Simple Harmonic Motion

Simple Harmonic Motion

Waves

Practice Problems

Solutions to Practice Problems

Rapid Review

18 Extra Drills on Difficult but Frequently Tested Topics

How to Use This Chapter

Springs and Graphs

Tension

Inclined Planes

Motion Graphs

Simple Circuits

STEP 5 Build Your Test-Taking Confidence

AP Physics 1 Practice Exam 1

AP Physics 1 Practice Exam 1: Section I (Multiple Choice)

AP Physics 1 Practice Exam 1: Section II (Free Response)

Solutions: AP Physics 1 Practice Exam 1, Section I (Multiple Choice)

Solutions: AP Physics 1 Practice Exam 1, Section II (Free Response)

Scoring the Practice Exam

AP Physics 1 Practice Exam 2

AP Physics 1 Practice Exam 2: Section I (Multiple Choice)

AP Physics 1 Practice Exam 2: Section II (Free Response)

Solutions: AP Physics 1 Practice Exam 2, Section I (Multiple Choice)

Solutions: AP Physics 1 Practice Exam 2, Section II (Free Response)

Scoring the Practice Exam

Appendixes

Table of Information

Recommended Websites

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