• AP Physics 2

    AP Physics 2: Algebra-Based is a second-year physics course designed for high school students in grade 12 who have completed AP Physics 1.  The course covers topics and concepts typically included in the second semester of an algebra-based, introductory college-level physics course.  Topics include  fluid statics & fluid dynamics, thermal physics & thermodynamics, electricity & magnetism (including RC circuits and electromagnetic induction), light & optics, and modern (quantum, atomic & nuclear) physics.  The course focuses on high-level understanding of concepts, experimental design and critical thinking, and prepares students for the AP Physics 2 exam in May.

  • Pressure & Fluid Mechanics

    Coletta: Physics Fundamentals Ch. 11: Fluids (pp. 257–294)

    Notes pp. 137–177

    Fluid mechanics is the study of behaviors that are specific to fluids (liquids and gases).

    • Pressure is the property that is central to the topic of fluid mechanics.
    • Hydrostatics and Buoyancy describe and give equations for the effects of gravity on pressure.
    • Gas Laws describes behaviors and equations involving temperature, pressure and volume, as related to gases.
    • Fluid Motion & Bernoulli’s Law describes the effects of fluid motion on pressure.

    This chapter focuses on real-world applications of fluids and pressure, including more demonstrations than most other topics.  One of the challenges in this chapter is relating the equations to the behaviors seen in the demonstrations.

    Skills learned & applied in this chapter:

    • Before & after problems.
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