Physics Challenge II

Course Description

This year-long AP course provides a solid and thorough review for students to prepare for both the Advanced Placement (AP) Physics C exams in Mechanics and Electricity & Magnetism and both of the F=ma and Semi-Final exams for the USA Physics Olympiad (USAPhO). The syllabus covers Modern Physics, Mechanics, Electricity & Magnetism and Thermodynamics. All of the course content will focus on areas that will be tested in the AP Physics exams. There will be a partial lab component along with a full discussion of the scientific method and the real-world nature of analyzing experimental data. The course consists of class lectures with engaging student-to-teacher participation, an online homework system, as well as physics and general test preparation in order to ace the AP Physics and Physics Olympiad exams with material that can be useful for the SAT II: Physics test, the Physics Bowl and other science bowls.

This course follows the textbook University Physics with Modern Physics, by Young and Freedman (13th edition). This textbook is used for all the Physics Challenge II courses and it is recommended, but not required, for the course. Supplemental problems are taken from past physics contests and AP exams.

Course Terms

Physics Challenge II is offered in four terms:

  • Summer, covering Mechanics
  • Fall, covering Problem Solving with Mechanics
  • Winter, covering Electricity & Magnetism
  • Spring, covering Thermodynamics and AP test review

Course Meetings

This course meets Tuesdays 4:30-6:00 PM Pacific (7:30-9:00 PM Eastern). For the specific dates of the course please see the full course schedule by clicking here. This course can also be taken as a self-paced course by clicking here.


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Students enrolled in this packet have access to 4 Terms of Physics Challenge II: Summer 2018, Fall 2018, Winter 2018-19, and Spring 2019.

The focus of the summer term of Physics Challenge II is mechanics.

The ten live class sessions will be on the following dates: 6/5, 6/12, 6/19, 6/26, 7/10, 7/17, 7/24, 7/31, 8/7, 8/14.

The focus of the spring term of Physics Challenge II is thermodynamics and AP test review.