AP Physics 2: Algebra-Based

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About the Exam

Important: Because of school closures due to COVID-19, we’re offering at-home testing for the 2020 AP Physics 2 Exam as well as free resources to help you prepare. For more details, visit the 2020 AP Coronavirus Updates AP Physics 2 exam page. Note that any related adjustments to 2020 AP Exams, such as length or content covered, may not be reflected on all AP Students pages.

The AP Physics 2 Exam will test your understanding of the scientific concepts covered in the course units, including your ability to use algebra when solving problems related to quantum, atomic, and nuclear physics.

You can use a four-function, scientific, or graphing calculator throughout the exam, and you will be provided with tables of commonly used physics equations and formulas.

Exam Duration
3hrs

Exam Dates

  • Wed, May 13, 2020,
    12 PM ET

    AP Physics 2: Algebra-Based Exam

    May 13, 2020 is the updated date for the AP Physics 2: Algebra-Based Exam.

Exam Components

50 Questions 1hr 30mins 50% of Score

This section contains multiple-choice questions that include:

  • Individual, single questions
  • Questions in sets that refer to the same diagram or data presentation
  • Multi-select questions (2 options are correct)

Questions may test your ability to:

  • Interpret and describe representations and models
  • Use mathematics to solve science problems
  • Design an experiment to answer a scientific question or test a hypothesis
  • Analyze data and evaluate evidence
  • Work with scientific explanations and theories
  • Make connections

4 Questions 1hr 30mins 50% of Score

For the free-response section, credit for answers depends on the quality of the solutions and explanations shown, so be sure to show your work.

This section includes these types of questions:

  • Experimental Design (1 question): pertains to designing and describing an investigation, analysis of lab data, and observations to identify patterns or explain phenomena
  • Qualitative/Quantitative Translation (1 question): requires you to express a justification or reasoning quantitatively (using numbers, equations, diagrams, etc.) and qualitatively (in words)
  • Short Answer (2 questions, 1 requiring a paragraph-length argument)

Questions may test your ability to:

  • Interpret and describe representations and models
  • Use mathematics to solve science problems
  • Design an experiment to answer a scientific question or test a hypothesis
  • Analyze data and evaluate evidence
  • Work with scientific explanations and theories
  • Make connections

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