AP® Physics 2: Challenging Concepts

Master the most difficult topics in your AP® Physics 2 course with help from experienced AP® Physics teachers.

Course Description

This course covers 9 challenging topics in AP® Physics 2. Well-respected AP instructors from around the USA will lead you through video, assessment questions, and interactive activities.

Each module breaks these tricky topics into bite-sized pieces—with short instructional videos, on-screen simulations, interactive graphs, and practice problems written by many of the same people who write and grade your AP® Physics 2 exam.

* Advanced Placement® and AP® are trademarks registered and/or owned by the College Board, which was not involved in the production of, and does not endorse, these offerings. Stand-alone units cover the most challenging concepts in the newly redesigned AP® Physics 2 curricula (based on College Board data from 2011–2013 AP® Physics B exams).

Course Outcomes:
  • Mastery of challenging concepts from the AP® Physics 2 curriculum
  • Learn from experienced AP® Physics teachers
  • Building skills and intuition through interactive simulations, graphing, data analysis and experiments
  • Practice with graded exam-style questions (with explanations)
  • Preparing for the AP® Physics 2 exam!
Course Details:


These units—by design—address only the most challenging concepts within the AP® Physics 2 curriculum framework. Thus, you will need foundational/ prerequisite knowledge in Physics 1 and Physics 2 to work through these units. Davidson Next modules are designed for blended learning in AP classrooms, but can also be used by AP students independently as supplementary help and exam review.
About Instructor:

Larry Cain - Physics Professor

Larry Cain has taught physics at Davidson College since 1978. He served as department chair for 18 years, has won several teaching awards and is a Fellow of the American Physical Society. He has produced numerous experimental research papers with his undergraduate students and has participated in the development of interactive curricular materials for physics instruction. For the last seventeen years he has been involved with the AP® Physics program. He has served as a reader and table leader, as chair of the AP® Physics Test Development Committee and the AP® Physics C Development Committee, as co-chair of the AP® Physics Redesign Committee which proposed the split of AP® Physics B into AP® Physics 1 and 2, and as a member of the Physics 2 Curriculum Development and Assessment and Development Committees.

Robert Morse - Past Co-Chair of AP® Physics 1 Development Committee

Robert Morse taught AP® Physics for 33 years, 30 years at St. Albans School in Washington, DC, and 3 years at Masconomet Regional High School in Topsfield, MA. He has worked with the College Board for 7 years – serving as co-chair of the AP® Physics 1 Development Committee, as a member of the Physics 2 Curriculum Development and Assessment Committee and the Physics 2 Development Committee, and as a reader at the 2015 AP® Physics Reading.

Peggy Bertrand - Clinical Assistant Professor

Peggy Bertrand is a clinical assistant professor in the VolsTeach program at the University of Tennessee, where she teaches physics during the summer. Prior to that, she taught AP® Physics at Oak Ridge High School in Oak Ridge, TN for 14 years. She has been working with the College Board for over 13 years, serving as co-chair of the AP® Physics C Test Development Committee and as an AP® Physics Reader, Table Leader and Question Leader. She has also served as a College Board Physics Workshop Consultant and has lead many AP® Summer Institutes and Workshops.


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